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Road fatalities hit 100 mark in 89 days‎

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2016 | 3:18 PM

The number of persons killed on Jamaican roads in the first 89 days of the year has reached 100.

The 100th victim is a male taxi operator.

He died on the spot when his white Toyota Corolla station wagon, crashed head on with a blue Toyota Corona motor car, while overtaking along the White River Main Road in St Ann yesterday morning.

The 100 people killed since the start of the year in 87 separate crashes is six more deaths than the corresponding period last year.

"This is a worrying sign for the Ministry of Transport and Mining, because if the current rate of fatalities goes unchecked, approximately 414 persons could be killed on our roads this year," said a ministry spokesperson in a release.

The ministry says an assessment of the road crashes so far, has revealed that inappropriate use of the road is the major contributing factor.

Some motorists have been found to have displayed poor judgment in overtaking, while others speed excessively and show no regard for the posted warning signs.

Earlier this year, Transport Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry indicated that he would be working closely with the police and all the relevant agencies and stakeholders to reduce road fatalities to below the 300 mark.