Fri | Jan 19, 2018

Slight increase in elderly people killed in road crashes

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 11:12 AM

There has been a slight increase in the number of elderly persons killed in motor vehicle crashes this year.

Statistics released by the Road Safety Unit in the transport ministry shows that since January 1, a total of 49 persons over the age of 60 have died on the nation's roadways.

This is two more than the figure recorded for the corresponding period last year.

The Road Safety Unit says 43 per cent of all elderly persons killed on the roadways this year were pedestrians.

Since the start of the year a total of 338 persons have died in 282 fatal crashes islandwide.

The statistics from the Road Safety Unit shows that fatalities are up two per cent over the corresponding period last year, even though fatal crashes have declined by nine per cent.