Up to yesterday, at least  64 people have died on the nation’s roads since the start of the year.

Fatal crashes have increased by 6 percent, while road fatalities have increased by 5 percent in comparison to the corresponding period for last year.

But, fatalities for 2020 are projected to decrease by 19-per cent when compared with 2019.

That’s according to statistics from the National Road Safety Unity, NRSU, in the Transport Ministry.

The data also shows that there have been 57 fatal crashes.

Of the fatalities, 12 were pedestrians, 19 motorcyclists and 10 were drivers of private motor vehicles.

Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, is urging all road users to take road safety seriously.

He says the majority of fatal crashes are as a result of poor driving practices.

Mr Hare is also encouraging motorists who transport passengers to enforce the use of safety devices such as seatbelts.

Pedestrians are also being encouraged to abide by the road code and wear bright-colored clothing at nights.

Meanwhile, according to the road safety unit, St Catherine accounts for the highest number of road fatalities since the start of the year.

The parish accounts for 19-per cent of 64 road fatalities so far this year.