Eight deaths in the last 24 hours on the nation’s roads have pushed the traffic fatalities so far this year above the total number of road fatalities recorded last year.
In 2017, there were 235 road fatalities.
With almost 4 months to go in this year, Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Transport Ministry, Kenute Hare, is projecting that this year’s road fatality figure will exceed last year’s by almost 100.
Mr. Hare says 241 people have been killed on the roads so far this year. He says at the current rate, 91 more people are projected to be killed in road crashes in 2018 in comparison to 2017.
Mr. Hare says eight people died on our roads in four separate incidents in four different parishes.
All this, within the last 24 hours. The latest incident happened this morning.
Two people died on the Old Harbour Main Road after the driver of a motor vehicle lost control and slammed into a tree. Mr. Hare says the driver was speeding.
Meanwhile, three people died in a crash on the Porus Main Road in Manchester yesterday.
According to Mr. Hare, the driver was fleeing from the scene of one crash when they were involved in another fatal crash.
In another fatal incident, a 13-year-old boy was killed in Spaulding, Clarendon yesterday when he was hit by a car.
Mr. Hare says the collision could have been avoided if the driver wasn’t speeding.
The final crash in the bloody 24-hour period occurred on the Sheffield Main Road in Westmoreland. It involved motorcyclist and a pillion passenger. Both persons died. None of the victims were wearing helmets.
Mr. Hare says human error is the root cause of all the crashes in the 24-hour span that claimed eight lives.
He’s appealing to motorists to be more careful on the roads. He’s also appealing to passengers to keep drivers from being reckless on the roads.