Road deaths on collision course with 300 mark
With more than three months to go before the end of the year, road fatalities are on a collision course with the number 300, as already 295 people have perished in motor vehicle crashes nationally since the start of the year.
The fatalities resulted from 269 fatal crashes, according to the Road Safety Unit (RSU).
The RSU has long indicated that it will miss its target of keeping road fatalities below 300 this year, and the aim now is to keep the figure from surpassing the 389 people who died on the roads in 2018.
Of the 295 road deaths so far this year, which is an increase of 15 per cent above 2018 figure for the same period, vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, pedestrians, pedal cyclists and pillions, collectively account for 64 per cent of the number.
The RSU, which is within the Ministry of Transport and Mining, said road fatalities for 2019 are projected to increase by three per cent when compared with 2018. It is also projecting that fatalities could hit the 400 mark this year.
Meanwhile, with 50 deaths, the month of April has seen the most carnage on the nation’s roads so far this year. It is followed by February with 39, January and June with 36 each, and July with 35. The month of August has seen the least number of road fatalities so far this year, with 27.
Notably, St Catherine continues to be the most dangerous parish for road users, accounting for 16 per cent of all road fatalities so far this year.