Fewer road fatalities - Road Safety Council
For the first time since October 2008 when it launched its 'Save 300 Lives' campaign, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is on target to do exactly that.
Between January 1 and December 27, there were 252 road fatalities. Twenty-seven children died in these accidents. However, the overall number of fatalities was an 18 per cent reduction from the corresponding period last year, which recorded 306 deaths on the roads. In 2010, there were 318 road fatalities for the corresponding period.
Pedestrians accounted for the majority of the fatalities with 81 this year, while the month of July recorded the highest figure of 27.
Between Christmas Eve, December 24 and yesterday, there were five road fatalities.
Approximately 3 a.m. on Wednesday, 60-year-old taxi operator Horace Mitchell died after he lost control of his Toyota motor car which crashed into a utility pole in Lionel Town, Clarendon.
Later that evening, a pedestrian was killed along the Retreat main road in Westmoreland. According to reports, a vehicle stopped to allow the pedestrian to cross the road when a Nissan overtook the vehicle and mowed down the pedestrian.
'Save 300 Lives'
The National Road Safety Council launched the 'Save 300 Lives' campaign, with the hope of reducing the high road fatality toll to below 300.
Motorists, pedestrians and commuters are being advised to exercise care and caution on the roads.