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Seventh day of 2016, already 11 killed in crashes, Road Safety Council plans high-level meeting

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 1:06 PM
According to the NRSC the 11 road fatalities resulted from nine crashes and represent an increase of 120 per cent when compared with the five road deaths recorded in the first seven days last year.

With 11 persons dying on the nation’s roadways in the first seven days of this year, a high-level meeting has been planned for next week to discuss measures to address the issue.

According to the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), the 11 road fatalities resulted from nine crashes and represent an increase of 120 per cent when compared with the five road deaths recorded in the first seven days last year.

Vice-chairman of the NRSC, Dr Lucien Jones says the meeting will include all ministers of government whose portfolio touch on road safety as well as other stakeholder groups.

A total of 378 persons were killed on the nation’s roadways last year, the highest single year total recorded in the last decade.

The figure for last year also represents an 13 per cent increase when compared with the 331 road deaths recorded for 2014.

Speaking to The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, Dr Jones described the number of road deaths recorded so far this year as nothing short of a disaster.

An eight-year-old girl and eight motorcyclists are among the 11 persons who have died in motor vehicles crashes since the start of the year.

A record 111 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle crashes last year.