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Road deaths increasing - RSU

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 11:28 AM

The number of persons dying on the nation’s roadways is again on the increase.

Figures released by the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the transport ministry show that 60 persons have died in 51 fatal crashes since the start of the year.

The RSU notes that while fatal crashes are down seven per cent, the number of fatalities reflects a five per cent increase when compared with the corresponding period last year.

Last year 321 persons were killed on the nation’s roadways, marking a 15 per cent decrease when compared to the 379 road deaths recorded for 2016.

The RSU says 32 persons were killed in motor vehicle crashes in January this year, compared to 30 last January, and 20 last month, compared to 23 last February.

It says vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, pedal cyclists, motorcyclists and pillion riders accounted for just over 50 per cent of the fatalities recorded so far this year.