New ap­proaches to keep fa­tal crashes down

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Paul.clarke@glean­erjm.com

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 .

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