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Road fatalities hit 300 mark

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 5:53 PM
Westmoreland, St Catherine, St Andrew, and St Ann account for 49 per cent of the overall fatalities.

Jamaica has again failed to keep the number of road fatalities under 300 in one year.

The Road Safety Unit in the Transport Ministry is reporting that 300 persons have been killed in 273 crashes since the start of the year.

Victims of road crashes
Motorcyclists - 89
Pedestrians - 80
Drivers of private motor vehicles - 51 
Passengers in private motor vehicles - 34

Westmoreland, St Catherine, St Andrew, and St Ann account for 49 per cent of the overall fatalities.

The Road Safety Unit notes although the fatalities have passed 300 since the start of the year, the figure has decreased by 16 percent when compared with similar period in 2016.

The unit says fatalities for 2017 are projected to decrease by 10 per cent when compared with 2016.

It is urging motorcyclists to wear the approved helmets to prevent injury or death.

Pillion passengers are also encouraged to wear helmets.

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