Road crash fatalities rise
With almost two months gone in the year, the number of persons killed on the nation's roadways has climbed by 21 per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year.
The Road Safety Unit in the transport ministry says that up to yesterday, 63 persons had died in 54 fatal crashes since January 1.
Fifty-two persons were killed in 52 fatal crashes over the corresponding period last year. The increase in road fatalities comes amid projections of a 19 per cent decline this year.
Three hundred and eighty persons died in motor vehicle crashes last year, the highest single-year figure in the last decade.
According to statistics released by the Road Safety Unit, motorcyclists accounted for 30 of the 63 persons killed in crashes this year. A record 111 motorcyclists were killed last year.