Road deaths increase, fatal crashes decrease

August 30, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Police conduct investigations at a crash scene recently.

Up to yesterday, two hundred and sixty-five people have been killed in road accidents since the start of the year, which represents a four per cent increase when compared with the same period last year, the Road Safety Unit said in a release today. 

The unit said 255 people were killed on the road up to August 30 last year.

There were 218 fatal crashes, which represents an eight per cent decrease when compared when the 2015 figures.

St Catherine, Westmoreland and St Andrew continue to be the parishes with the highest number of fatalities, accounting for 45 per cent of persons killed on the roads cumulatively.

When broken down by sex, males account for 82 per cent, while females account for 18 per cent of fatalities.

When broken down by road users, motorcyclists and pedestrians represented the highest number of road fatalities with 24 per cent and 22 per cent respectively. 

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