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Male deaths in road crashes continue to climb

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

A Road Safety Unit (RSU) report has revealed that just over 80 per cent of the persons killed on the nation’s roadways this year are males.

According to the Ministry of Transport's RSU report, males accounted for 178 of the 211 road deaths recorded up to last Wednesday.

It marks a steady increase from the 138 males reported killed in motor vehicles crashes in 2012; 138 in 2013 and 160 last year.

And the report shows that 33 of those killed this year were between 20 to 24-years-old followed by 26 for the 30-34 age group.

The report also shows that of the 33 women killed on the roadways this year, 11 were in the 30-39 age group while five were over the age of 60 years-old.

The 211 persons killed on the roadways so far this year represents an 8 percent increase when compared with the 195 recorded for the corresponding period last year.

And the report out of the RSU also reveals that nearly one third of all road fatalities this year occurred between 6pm and midnight.

It shows that there were 30 deaths between the hours of 10pm and mid-night; 25 between the hours of 8pm and 10pm, and 22 in the preceding two-hour period.

The hours between 10am and mid-day recorded the fewest fatalities with 11.

And the report also showed that 45 per cent of the road fatalities recorded this year occurred on the weekend.