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Road fatalities pass 350 mark

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:47 PM

The number of persons killed on the nation's roadways this year has surpassed 350.

The Road Safety Unit in the Transport Ministry says 352 persons have died in 295 fatal crashes since January 1.

While fatal crashes are down 11 per cent when compared with the corresponding period last year, the Road Safety Unit says the number of deaths represents a one per cent increase.

It says motorcyclists, pedestrians and private motor passengers make up 80 per cent of the persons killed in motor vehicle crashes this year.

Director of the Road Safety Unit Kenute Hare called the figures alarming and appealed to motorists to reduce their speed as they traverse the nation's roadways this Christmas season.

He also urged pedestrians to exercise greater caution on the roads.