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Number of elderly persons, children killed in motor vehicle crashes down

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 1:51 PM

There has been a decrease in the number of children and elderly persons killed in motor vehicle crashes this year.

The Road Safety Unit in the Transport Ministry says since the start of the year 16 children have died on the nation's roadways.

According to the Road Safety Unit, this is 24 per cent less than was recorded for the corresponding period last year.

It says 33 elderly persons have died in motor vehicle crashes since January 1, a 26 per cent decrease when compared to last year.

A total of 261 persons have died in 241 fatal crashes this year.

However, the Road Safety Unit says road fatalities are down 14 per cent while fatal crashes are down four per cent.

Meanwhile, the Road Safety Unit is reporting that motorcyclists accounted for 31 per cent of the persons killed in crashes this year.

Since January 1,  it says 81 motorcyclists have died in 74 fatal crashes.

The Road Safety Unit says this is an eight per cent increase when compared with the corresponding period last year.

Westmoreland and Hanover accounted for 42 per cent of the number of motorcyclists killed on the nation's roadways.