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Road fatalities jump to 242

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining is reporting that as of yesterday, 242 people have been killed from a total of 211 fatal crashes so far this year.

Fatalities for 2018 are projected to increase by three per cent when compared with 2017.
So far, most of the fatalities have been recorded in St Catherine, which accounts for 19 per cent of road users killed.

Data from the unit revealed that of the current number of fatalities, 55 were motorcyclists, 17 pedal cyclists, 12 pillion riders, 46 drivers of private motor vehicles, and 36 passengers of private motor vehicle, eight PPV passengers, six commercial motor car passengers, four PPV drivers, five commercial motor car drivers, 52 pedestrians and one that falls under the category of 'other' road users.

Meanwhile, the RSU is appealing to road users to wear their seatbelts, helmets and other protective gears to save lives, as well as, to pay close attention to road signs and markings.

Director of the RSU, Kenute Hare, urged all road users to take road safety seriously.
Hare encouraged motorists who transport passengers, to ensure that they do so safely by enforcing the wearing of seatbelts. Pedestrians and pedal cyclists are also advised to wear bright-coloured clothing at nights, and use reflective gears to ensure they can be seen at all times. Pedal cyclists should also wear clothing that will make them more visible to other road users, especially in the nights.

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