2019 Road Fatalities Break 26 Year Record, 425 Killed

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The year 2019 is the bloodiest year on the roads in 26 years.

With eight days left in the year, Statistics from the Road Safety Unit of the Transport Ministry show, 425 people have died on the nation’s streets.

That figure is just nine short of the 434 people who perished on the nation’s street’s in 1993.

Three people were killed in a traffic crash in St. Ann yesterday. They’re Lakeisha Harris, Neika Harris and 36 year old Wendy McKain of a Steer Town address in St. Ann.

Reports are about 4:30 yesterday afternoon, a Nissan motorcar was traveling on the Discovery Bay Main Road, when it overtook a line of traffic.

The Nissan motorcar reportedly collided with a Land Rover, going in the opposite direction, sending both cars off the road.

The Road Safety Unit says so far in the month of December, 29 people have died in 23 days.

Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, says as Christmas approaches, both motorists and pedestrians should exercise greater care on the roads.

He says they’re appealing to motorists to reduce their speed, look out for vulnerable road users, and never overtake on a bend or at a junction.

He’s also stressing the importance of using seatbelts for drivers, passengers and especially children, who should be secured in the appropriate protective devices.

Motorcyclists, pedestrians, passengers in private cars, and drivers of private cars, account for 83-percent of road fatalities



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


One thought on “2019 Road Fatalities Break 26 Year Record, 425 Killed

  1. Andy Wilks

    Murder records broken, corruption records shattered, scamming up exponentially, road fatalities up by record numbers. Everything in Jamaica has gotten worst since Andrew became PM. That fellow is Jamaica’s worst curse

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