23 road deaths since the start of this year
Twenty-five persons have been killed in 23 fatal crashes since the start of this year.
The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining said that pedestrians, motorcyclists, passengers and drivers of private motor vehicles have recorded the highest number of fatalities to date.
Despite the high numbers, the Unit said that fatal crashes and fatalities have decreased by eight per cent and 17 per cent respectively, when compared with similar period in 2018.
Males account for 96 per cent of fatalities since the start of the year. Last year, the country recorded 386 road fatalities.
The parish of St Ann has accounted for 16 per cent of road users killed since the start of the year.
"The unit is reiterating the call for motorists to wear their seat belts, helmets for motorcyclists and pillion passengers, and pedestrians to use the road with caution. Pedestrians are encouraged to use pedestrian crossings or other safe places, walk facing the oncoming traffic and to always wear bright and light colour clothing when it is dark," it said in a media release on Wednesday.
In the meantime, the operational capability of the Road Safety Unit has been further boosted with the addition of five portable breathalysers, valued at US$2,500.
The devices were donated to the Unit by Carib Cement Company Limited as part of their corporate social responsibility programme. A portable breathalyser is a wireless, handheld device that monitors a user’s breath alcohol content.
IN PHOTO: Minister of Transport and Mining, Robert Montague (right), accepts one of five portable breathalysers from general manager of Carib Cement, Peter Donkersloot, on January 29 at the ministry’s offices in St. Andrew. The devices will be used to strengthen the operational capabilities of the Road Safety Unit.
Robert Montague, ministry of transport and mining, said the devices are welcomed and would support and enhance the operations at the Unit. He also said that citizens need to take greater responsibility when using the nation’s roads.
“We have to, as a country and a people, begin to decelerate the rate of road fatalities.”