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Road fatalities up 20% compared to last year

Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 | 7:07 pm Comments 0
The driver of this red 1993 Subaru motor vehicle lost control and crashed into a tree along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine on December 5. Photo by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
The driver of this red 1993 Subaru motor vehicle lost control and crashed into a tree along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine on December 5. Photo by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

A year after Jamaica recorded less than 300 road fatalities, the number of people killed on the nationís roadways is again on track to surpass that figure.

With 17 days still to go this year, the National Road Safety Council, the NRSC, says the number of road fatalities now stand at 290; a 20 per cent increase when compared with the corresponding period last year.

There were 260 road fatalities last year, marking the first time in 13 years this number had fallen below 300.

However, despite several initiatives by the NRSC and the Road Safety Unit in the transport ministry, road fatalities have again climbed this year.

According to the NRSC data, pedestrians accounted for a majority of the road users killed this year followed by motor cyclists, private motorcar passengers and drivers and pedal cyclists.

The NRSC has since launched a road safety awareness campaign to emphasise the importance of safe practices during the Christmas-New Year season.

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