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Northern, eastern parishes account for 15.5% of 379 fatalities in 2018

Monday, January 07, 2019

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FIFTY-NINE people died as a result of injuries they sustained in road crashes across northern and eastern parishes last year, a report from the Ministry of Transport and Mining's Road Safety Unit (RSU) has outlined.

Five people were killed in four crashes last year when compared to four in 2017 for the parish of Portland. Similarly, 18 people died in 17 crashes that occurred in St Mary in 2018 when compared to the 15 who died in 2017. For St Ann, 34 people died in 31 crashes when compared to 25 in 2017 and two people died in two crashes in St Thomas when compared to nine in 2017.

The parishes account for 15.5 per cent of the 379 people who died in crashes last year when compared to 16 per cent of the 322 last year.

Of the five people killed in Portland, one was a pedestrian, one a motorcyclist, the other a pillion passenger and two were private motor car drivers. At the same time, six pedestrians, four motorcyclists, five private motor car passengers, one public passenger vehicle driver, and two private motor car drivers make up the 18 people who died in St Mary. Eleven pedestrians, two pedal cyclists, three motorcyclists, nine private motor car passengers, one commercial motor carrier passenger, one public passenger vehicle driver, six private motor car drivers, and one commercial motor carrier driver make up the 34 people who died in St Ann. Two public passenger vehicle drivers accounted for the two deaths in St Thomas in 2018.

Of the four people who died in Portland, two were aged between 15-19, one 35-39 and one 40-44. The RSU report did not list the age for one of the St Mary victims, while one was aged between 05-09, two were aged 15-19, one 25-29, one 30-34, one 35-39, one 40-44, three 45-49 and two 50-54. The ages for nine of the 2018 St Ann victims were unknown, three were aged between 15-19, one was between 20-24, two were aged between 25-29, three 30-34, two 35-39, three 40-44, three 45-49, and two 50-54. For Thomas, one victim was aged between 30-34 and one 45-49.

Of the 379 people killed in crashes last year, 51 were female and 328 male. The RSU report did not give a breakdown of the figure according to parishes.

The RSU report provides an analysis of traffic crashes that occurred as at December 31, 2018. The traffic accident data quoted met fundamental guidelines for reporting and classifying traffic crashes as defined by the Road Safety Unit. The main criteria are: the crash has been reported to the police, the crash occurred on a road open to and used by the public, whether the road is public or private and the crash involved a vehicle, which, at the time of the accident was in motion.

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