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Pedestrian fatalities from motor vehicle crashes increase, Road Safety Unit concerned

Published:Tuesday | February 7, 2017 | 2:27 PM

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport says it’s concerned about a spike in pedestrian fatalities from motor vehicle crashes.

The Unit says since the start of the year 11 of the 33 road users killed have been pedestrians.

It says this translates to 33 per cent of the persons who have died from traffic related fatalities.

Meanwhile, the Road Safety Unit says that there has been a decrease in deaths from road crashes involving motorcyclists by 45 per cent when compared with the similar period in 2016.

To date, a total of 11 motorcyclists have been killed when compared to the 20 recorded last year.

This amounts to 33 per cent of the deaths on the roads.

Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, says the high number of pedestrian fatalities is yet another reminder that pedestrians have as important a responsibility as drivers in ensuring their safety on the roads.

At the same time, Hare says that the decrease in motorcyclist fatalities is good news.