Source: The Gleaner - Tuesday | March 24, 2015
The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is reporting that vulnerable road users account for the majority of road users killed in road crashes since the start of the year.
Vulnerable road users include pedestrians, motor cyclists and pedal cyclists.
According to the unit, of the 83 persons who have died on the nation’s roads since the start of the year, 22 were pedestrians; 22 were motorcyclists and 3 were pedal cyclists.
This is a 12 per cent increase in fatal deaths when compared to the similar period in 2014, when 74 persons died.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr Morais Guy says the statistics are alarming as these crashes are preventable.
Meanwhile, Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare says the increase in fatalities for the period is unacceptable and Jamaicans must take charge of their safety and lives in the traffic environment.