Carnage on the roads...28 deaths already this month
Twenty-eight persons have died in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the month.
That’s according to the latest statistics from the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport.
The number of road deaths recorded just over half way through November is in stark contrast with the 18 fatalities recorded for all of last month.
Since the start of the year, the Road Safety Unit says 317 persons have died on the nation’s roadways, a twelve per cent increase when compared with the corresponding period last year.
It also marks the sixth straight year Jamaica has failed to keep road fatalities below the target of 300.
Children, the elderly as well as private motor vehicle drivers and passengers are among the categories of road users that accounted for the increase.
According to the statistics from the Road Safety Unit, 21 children have died in motor vehicle crashes this year, a 24 per cent increase over last year, while 40 elderly persons lost their lives in crashes, a 14 per cent jump over last year.
In addition, the statistics show that 55 private motor vehicle drivers and 45 passengers have died in crashes this year, increases of 17 and 41 per cent respectively over last year.