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Road Safety Unit alarmed about crashes

Published:Monday | May 14, 2012 | 1:23 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

The Road Safety Unit is again raising alarm over what it says are increased cases of indiscipline displayed by drivers.

The concern follows the death of four people in road crashes over the weekend.

That brings to 86 the number of persons who have died in road related crashes since January.

Director of the unit, Kenute Hare is reiterating the importance for road users, both pedestrians and motorists, to be extremely careful while using the roadways.

He said it is especially important for pedestrians to cross the road at designated areas as most of the fatalities since January involve persons travelling on foot.

According to him, three elderly pedestrians were killed over the weekend while attempting to cross the road.

He said the other person who died was one of the four passengers aboard a motorcar that crashed along a section of Highway 2000 in St. Catherine yesterday.

Hare said speeding was the cause for that crash.

The vehicle is reported to have flipped as it careened off the highway and landed in a ditch.