Source: go-jamaica.com - July 7, 2015
The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is reporting an increase in fatalities by 8 % when compared with similar period in 2014.
Statistics from the Unit reveal that 178 persons have died in 165 motor vehicle crashes (July 3); with motorcyclists, pedestrians, private motor car drivers, and passengers of private motor car accounting for 84 % of fatalities since the start of the year. The similar period in 2014, records 165 fatalities from 155 fatal crashes.
The increase is of particular concern, as the numbers further reveal that of the number of persons, who have died, 151 were males and 27 were females. The Unit is therefore urging all Jamaicans, in particular males, to adhere to the rules of the road and practise proper road safety etiquette.
Expressing concern over the deaths of pedestrians and motorcyclists, Director of the Road Safety Unit, Mr Kenute Hare, is encouraging the public to be more conscious as they commute in the traffic environment daily. “We all need to share the roads together, be courteous and watch out for the vulnerable road users. It’s really easy to say, but often difficult to do, especially when people are in a rush, as more motorcyclists and pedestrians are being killed needlessly.”
Of the 178 fatalities; 53 were motorcyclists; 41 were pedestrians; 9 pedal cyclists; 31 passengers in private motor vehicles; 24 drivers of private motor vehicles; 6 public passengers; 5 drivers of public passenger vehicles, 3 pillion passengers and commercial motor carrier drivers each. Additionally, the parishes of Westmoreland and St. Andrew account for 15 % and 17 % respectively.