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66 road deaths in 59 days

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM

At least 66 persons have died on the nation’s roadways in the 59 days that have elapsed since the start of the year, the Road Safety Unit has reported.

The figure represents a 20 per cent increase in road fatalities when compared to the corresponding period last year.

Motorcyclists accounted for the largest number of fatalities with 29 per cent, or 19 deaths, while pedestrians represented 23 per cent of the road users killed, with 15 deaths.

A further breakdown of the figure showed that 12 private motor vehicle drivers, 11 private motor vehicle passengers, five pedal cyclists, two pillion riders, and one commercial motor vehicle driver are among the crash fatalities.

Males have accounted for 94 per cent of those killed during the period, with 62 deaths. The parish of Westmoreland has seen the most road fatalities, with 10, while Portland is yet to record a road death.