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Road safety agency alarmed at sharp rise in child fatalities

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2013 | 11:58 AM

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) reveals that there has been a near 50 per cent increase in the number of children killed in motor vehicle crashes for the year so far.



Additionally, the NRSC says there has been a 400 per cent increase in child pedestrians killed so far this year. Both figures are in comparison with the corresponding period last year.



According to the NRSC, 12 children have been killed in motor vehicle crashes this year, up from eight at this time last year, while the number of child pedestrians killed so far this year is five, up from one over the corresponding period last year.



The figures came as the council took its public education campaign into several schools in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine, in observance of National Road Safety Awareness Month.



The NRSC says the school visits are timely in light of the growing concerns over these increases.



Vice Chairman of the NRSC, Dr Lucien Jones, urged motorists to demonstrate more caution on the roads and to make it their responsibility to protect the lives of children and other road users.



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