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Road fatalities pass 100 mark

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:22 PM
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The country has passed the 100-mark for road fatalities.

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport is reporting that 102 persons have been killed from 92 crashes since the start of the year.

The unit says pedestrians, motorcyclists, passengers and drivers of private motor vehicles recorded the highest number of fatalities to date.

It is renewing its call for motorists to desist from speeding as road fatalities continue to mount.

The unit is also encouraging motorists to keep left while driving; not to overtake around corners and to drive within the posted speed limits.

Pedestrians are encouraged to use pedestrian crossings or other safe places, walk facing oncoming traffic and to always wear bright and light colour clothing when it is dark.

Meanwhile, motorcyclists are being urged to wear their helmets and other protective devices to protect against major injuries and possible fatalities in the event of a crash.

The call comes as motorcyclists account for 29% of road users killed in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year.

Statistics reveal that 30 motorcyclists have died in traffic crashes.

In 2018, the unit recorded a total of 17 motorcyclists’ deaths when compared to a similar period this year.

St Andrew and Hanover recorded the highest number of motor-cyclists deaths in 2018, with 6 and 3 respectively.

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