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Road fatalities up, Hare urges drivers to slow down

Published:Monday | December 15, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Director of the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport Works and Housing, Kenute Hare, is appealing to road users to be cautious on the nation's thoroughfares.



Three-hundred-and-seven persons have died on Jamaican roads since the start of the year.



This is compared to 291 deaths registered in the same period last year.



Hare says the majority of these deaths have been as a result of excessive speeding.



The RSU Director also says with 97 pedestrians and over 57 motorcyclists killed, over 50 per cent of fatalities on the nation's roads this year were among the country’s most vulnerable road users.



Meanwhile, Hare is making a special appeal to motorcyclists to wear the proper safety gear on the roadways, especially those in the parishes of St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth.



He says these parishes account for over 50 per cent of the motorcyclist deaths this year.



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