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Road fatalities hit 100 mark

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 10:13 AM
Kenute Hare, Director of The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, inspects two vehicles involved in a collision that left four persons dead in Old Harbour, St Cathrine in January 2018 - File photo

Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Kenute Hare, is urging all road users to take road safety seriously as the department reports that road fatalities have hit the 100-mark.

“The Road Safety Unit is appealing to all road users to wear their seatbelts, helmets, and other protective devices to save lives, as well as, to pay close attention to road signs and markings,” the Unit said in a statement.

Statistics from the Unit revealed that as of April 30, 2018, 100 persons have been killed from a total of 89 fatal crashes.

It reports that fatal crashes have decreased by 12 per cent, while fatalities have decreased by eight percent when compared with the same period in 2017.

The Unit noted that the majority of those killed were pedestrians and according to him the majority of road crashes are related to bad driving practices.

“ Of that group (fatalities), 21 were motorcyclists, 6 pedal-cyclists, 3 pillions, 20 were drivers of private motor vehicles, and 18 were passengers of private motor vehicle. Two PPV (public passenger vehicle) passengers, 3 commercial motor car passengers, 2 PPV (public passenger vehicle) drivers, 1 commercial motor car driver and 24 pedestrians”.

So far, St. Catherine has accounted for 24 per cent of road users killed, the largest figure since the start of the year.

Mr. Hare is encouraging drivers of public passenger vehicles to ensure that they do so safely by enforcing the wearing of seatbelts.

“Pedestrians and pedal cyclists are also advised to wear bright coloured clothing at nights and use reflective gears to ensure they can be seen at all times. Pedal cyclists should also wear clothing that will make them more visible to other road users, especially in the nights,”.  

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