Statistics from the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining are showing that 406 persons have been killed from a total of 362 crashes as at yesterday, December 22.

This represents a five per cent decrease in fatalities when compared to the same period last year.

According to the Road Safety Unit, motorcyclists accounted for the largest number of fatal crashes, with a tally of 1 hundred and 32 deaths.

Pedestrians accounted for 84 deaths, while pedal cyclists and pillion riders accounted for 32 and 18 deaths respectively.

In a release yesterday, Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, attributed motorcycle fatalities to the non-wearing of helmets and excessive speeding.

He also says improper overtaking and pedestrian error were the causes of some of the deaths.

The RSU is encouraging motorists to observe the road rules, which includes the wearing of seatbelts and helmets.