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December 30, 2013
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Stats show road fatalities pass 300

Police statistics show that road fatalities have now surpassed 300 deaths for the year. Data from the Police Traffic Headquarters show that from January 1 to yesterday, there have been 303 deaths from 270 collisions, 46 more than last year, when the country recorded fewer than 300 deaths for the first time since 1999.

Just Saturday afternoon, a motorcyclist received multiple injuries in Feris Crossing, Westmoreland, after he failed to exercise due care while overtaking a car. He crashed into an oncoming vehicle, receiving injuries to his head and body.

The crash comes on the heels of an appeal by the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Works late last week for motorcyclists in western Jamaica to use the roads more carefully throughout the remainder of the holiday period.

Director of the unit, Kenute Hare, made the appeal following the Christmas Day killing of a 23-year-old motorcyclist in Salt Spring, St James, during an alleged stunt performance.

Hare described the incident as needless, saying the motorcycle was not licensed and the required gears were not used.

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