Road Fatalities Reaches 300 Mark

Three hundred persons have now died in road accidents this year.

That’s according to today’s Traffic Update from the Ministry of Transport’s Road Safety Unit.

The Ministry’s target has been to keep the number of road fatalities this year below 300. Motorcyclists and pedestrians account for the most fatalities.

Thirty percent of the persons killed are motorcyclists while another 27-percent are pedestrians. Taxi passengers are the third highest at 19-percent.

Private drivers account for 17-percent of those killed while private motor vehicle passengers account for 11-percent.

Majority of the fatalities this year remain in Westmoreland. The parish accounted for 15-percent of the persons killed in road accidents.

While combined— Westmoreland, St. Catherine, St. Andrew and St. Ann account for 49-percent of the overall fatalities.

The overall number of persons killed last year was 358. Fatalities for 2017 are projected to decrease by 10-percent when compared with last year.

Road fatalities so far this year has decreased by 16-percent when compared with last year.

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