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Road safety appeal issued to motorcyclists

Published:Friday | December 27, 2013 | 9:05 AM

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport has issued a special appeal to motorcyclists, especially in western Jamaica, to use the roads more carefully throughout the remainder of the holiday period.



Director, of the unit, Kenute Hare, made the appeal following the Christmas Day killing of a 23-year-old motorcyclist in Salt Spring, St James during an alleged stunt performance.



The death brought to 297, the number of persons killed in road related accidents since the start of the year.



Hare described the incident as needless, saying the motorcycle was not licensed and the required gears were not used.



He singled out Westmoreland and Hanover in his appeal to motorcyclists.



Hare says based on the current trend, it is unlikely that the Road Safety Unit will achieve its aim of recording less than 300 fatalities for the year.



However, he says with the strengthening of its partnership with stakeholders, it could be easier to achieve the target next year.



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