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Motorcyclists account for 31 per cent of road fatalities, urged to wear protective gear

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 1:26 PM

Motorcyclists are being urged to wear their helmets and other protective devices to protect against major injuries and possible fatalities in the event of a crash.

The call comes as motorcyclists account for 31 per cent of road users killed in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year.

Statistics from the Road Safety Unit also reveal that 78 motorcyclists have died in traffic crashes.

In 2016, the Unit recorded a total of 70 motorcyclists’ deaths when compared to similar period this year.

The Unit is urging motorcyclists to wear the approved helmets to prevent injury and or death.

Pillion passengers are encouraged to also wear helmets while being transported on the motorcycles.

Since the start of the year, 249 persons have been killed from 229 fatal crashes.