Road fatalities on the rise


April 19, 2016

More persons have died on Jamaica's road since the start of the year when compared to the same period in 2015.

Figures from the National Road Safety Council show that 124 persons have lost their lives since the start of 2016.

This figure represents a 10 per cent increase in the number of fatalities due to road crashes.

There has, however, been no increase in the number of fatal road crashes with both 2015 and 2016 both recording 105 deadly road crashes over the same period.

Twenty pedestrians have been killed in fatal incidents on the nation's road since 2016. This is a reduction when compared to those killed over the same period 2015 when 32 such persons died.

However, there was an increase in fatalities involving motorcyclists, with 41 persons dying this year compared to 31 who were killed over the corresponding period in 2015.

- R.G.

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