Road Safety Unit predicts big drop in road deaths

January 16, 2017
Six persons perished last July when this Suzuki Vitara fell into the Rio Cobre in St Catherine.

The Road Safety Unit said it expects a 20 per cent decline in the number of persons killed in crashes in 2017 when compared with 2016.

Some 379 persons died on the nation's roads in 2016, which is a reduction from the 382 deaths recorded in 2015.

Sixteen persons have been killed in sixteen fatal crashes since the start of this year.

"The overriding cause of these deaths has been the reckless use of the roadways," the Road Safety Unit said.

Of the sixteen persons who have died, fourteen were males and two were females. A further breakdown of the figures shows that nine were pedestrians; five were motorcyclists while the one was a private motor vehicle driver and the other was a driver of commercial motor vehicle.

“Road fatalities are not just statistics, these deaths cause a great deal of suffering for the people who have lost a loved one or who are left with a permanent injury. The wanton disregard for the rules is crippling the country,” director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare said.