New approaches to keep fatal crashes down
VICE CHAIRMAN of the National Road Safety Council Dr Lucien Jones has noted that while there has been a reduction in the number of deaths on Jamaica’s roads since the start of the year compared to the same period last year, challenges remained, and “new approaches will be adopted”.
There have been 154 fatal crashes from January 1 to July 11, a decrease of 21 for the corresponding period last year, with 178 fatalities recorded as a result of these crashes. There were 190 deaths up this point in 2017.
“Safe and sustainable transportation systems were the new context in which we need to move forward for the second half of 2018 and beyond. These include improvements to the ticketing system, introduction of speed cameras for the traffic police, the building of safer roads, and importation of safer motor vehicles,” Jones reported.
Pedestrians and motorcyclists accounted for more than half of all road fatalities, 17 and 29 per cent, respectively, in 2017, while passengers in private motor cars and drivers of private motor vehicles make up 11 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively .