Transport Minister Urges Caution on Roads

Transport Minister, Mike Henry, is urging caution on the roads heading into Christmas after road fatalities for December surpassed the 16 that were recorded last year.

In a statement today, Minister Henry says motorists must curb their bad driving habits.

The Transport Ministry had expressed a wish to keep road fatalities below the 300 mark for the year.

However, the country is expected to end with approximately 325 road fatalities by year end.

Minister Henry says while this would reflect a marked decrease in fatalities in contrast to last year, any figure over three hundred is still unacceptable, given Jamaica’s per capita ratio.

Minister Henry says 99-percent of the fatal crashes were as a result of avoidable human error.

The Minister is also concerned that of the Three hundred and eleven road fatalities recorded so far, two hundred and sixty-three have been males.

This represents 85 percent of the total deaths.

Minister Henry says the country cannot afford to lose so many productive and talented individuals.

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