Major Increase in Road Fatalities & Crashes, 161 Killed Since January 2019


There has been a big increase in road fatalities and crashes so far this year when compared to the corresponding period last year.

161 people have perished on the roads since the start of the year up to today in 147 fatal crashes.

That’s according to the latest crash report from the Road Safety Unit, RSU, in the Ministry of Transport.

That’s a 39% increase in fatal crashes and a 34% increase in fatalities when compared to last year.

However, the RSU is projecting a 6% reduction in fatalities for 2019 when compared to 2018.

Pedestrians, pedal cyclists, motorcyclists, and pillions account for 63% of road users killed so far this year.

According to the report, of the 161 road fatalities, 37 were pedestrians, 11 pedal cyclists, and 50 were motorcyclists.

22% of those who died in fatal crashes were passengers.

Meanwhile, St Catherine accounted for 16% of road users killed, the highest number since the start of the year.

The Police Area 3, consisting of Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth recorded a 128% increase in road fatalities when compared to 2018.

While the Police Area 5, comprising St. Andrew North, St. Catherine North, St. Catherine South and St. Thomas recorded a 16% reduction in road fatalities for the comparative period in 2018.

Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.

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