Twenty-eight Jamaicans were killed in road crashes in May.

That’s according to the latest crash update from the Island Traffic Authority, ITA.

Shaloy Smikle reports.

According to the Island Traffic Authority, there were 23 road crashes across the island during the month of May. In those fatal incidents, 28 people lost their lives.

This represents a 13 per cent decline in road fatalities when compared to the similar period last year.

The authority says the main causes of the fatalities were speeding, failure to keep to the proper traffic lane, and pedestrians walking out onto the road.

According to the ITA, of the 28 people killed, four were children.

The majority of the deaths were attributed to motorcyclists, with eight being killed. It added that the majority of those killed in May were between the ages of 20 and 22.

The Area One police division recorded 14 road fatalities.

Since the start of the year, there have been 152 road collisions. The number of people killed in those crashes is 176.

The ITA is urging all road users to be alert and follow the rules of the road at all times.

It says road users must ensure they remove all forms of distractions that could lead to a crash or fatality.

The ITA says road users must wear protective clothing at all times and increase their vigilance at night and during adverse weather conditions.