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Road crashes claim nine lives this week

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 6:21 PM

Nine persons were killed in motor vehicle crashes this week.

That’s according to the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), which is again expressing concern about the increasing number of road fatalities.

The latest victims are 15-year-old student, Cheyelle Lewis and 24-year-old information technology technician Jermaine Lewis, both of Eltham Acres, in Spanish Town St Catherine.

The police reports that they were killed this morning after the elder Lewis lost control of the motorcar he was driving and crashed into a wall along Brunswick Avenue.

A total of 122 persons have died in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year, 10 more than was recorded for the corresponding period last year.

Jamaica recorded 380 motor vehicle deaths last year, the highest single-year figure in a decade.

Vice-chairman of the NRSC Dr Lucien Jones says he is very concerned about the increase in motor vehicle deaths.

He notes that six of the nine persons killed on the roads this week were in Trelawny.

Speaking to The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre this afternoon, Jones said the NRSC is anxiously awaiting enactment of the amended Road Traffic Act and other initiatives that are aimed at stemming the carnage on the roadways.

He also appealed to motorists to exercise caution on the roads.