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100 per cent increase in child deaths from motor vehicle crashes

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2016 | 11:33 PM

There has been a 100 per cent increase in the number of children killed in motor vehicle crashes so far this year.

The Road Safety Unit in the Transport Ministry says 24 children have died on the nation's roadways since January 1.

According to statistics released by the Road Safety Unit, this is twice the number that was recorded for the corresponding period last year.

The statistics show that 43 per cent of the 24 children killed on the roadways this year were passengers in private motor vehicles.

It also shows that 17 were boys and seven were girls.

As a result, the Road Safety Unit is again appealing to motorist to wear their seatbelts.

A total of 336 persons have died in 281 fatal crashes islandwide since the start of the year.