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Road fatalities to reach 300

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2016 | 10:09 AM

Jamaica is on the verge of recording 300 road deaths this year, despite a decrease in fatal motor vehicle crashes.

With about two months still remaining in the year, the transport ministry says 298 persons have died in 246 fatal vehicle crashes since January 1.

According to data compiled by the ministry’s Road Safety Unit, 298 persons died in 277 fatal crashes over the corresponding period last year.

A total of 382 persons died on the nation’s roadways last year, the highest number recorded in a single year since 2003.

A breakdown of the data shows that St Catherine leads all parishes with 50 road deaths this year followed by Westmoreland with 45.

Forty five road deaths have also been recorded in Kingston and St Andrew.