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Transport Minister shocked at road deaths since January

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 1:34 AM

Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies, says he is shocked at the number of road deaths since the start of the year.

He says 21 people have been killed in traffic crashes in 19 days. 

According to Dr Davies, statistics from the Road Safety Unit within the Ministry reveal that this represents a 31 per cent increase in road fatalities when compared to the similar period in 2015.

Of the 21 deaths, 13 were motorcyclists, three were pedestrians, two were passengers of private motor cars and there was one death recorded each in the category of pillion passenger, public passenger vehicle and commercial motor car.

Dr Davies says the figures are alarming, especially as they relate to motorcyclists. 

He is condemning the behaviour of many road users, who  disregard the road code resulting in crashes and fatalities.

Meanwhile, the Transport Minister says the new Road Traffic Act is expected to be debated in the Senate by the end of this Month.

Last year, the country recorded 379 deaths as a result of traffic crashes.