Under 300 target missed ... but fewer crash fatalities in 2016

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December 31, 2016
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... but fewer crash fatalities in 2016

The Road Safety Unit is increasing its call to motorists to reduce their speed on the nation's roads as 2016 ends.

This appeal comes after the number of persons killed on the roads since January, rose to 374 (as at December 30).

The unit missed its target of reducing fatalities to less than 300.

However, fatal crashes and fatalities have decreased by 11 per cent and two per cent respectively when compared with the similar period in 2015.

The Road Safety unit said that 382 persons died as a result of fatal crashes in 2015.

THE STAR gathered that of the 374 deaths from 317 fatal crashes this year, motorcyclists, pedestrians, passengers in private motor vehicles, and drivers of private motor vehicles account for 80 per cent of road users killed to date.

Also of concern, the statistics highlight that males continue to lead in the fatality table with 311. Sixty-three females died.

Westmoreland, St Catherine, St Elizabeth and St Andrew accounted for 54 per cent of the overall fatalities.

- A.W.

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