425 persons were killed in road crashes last year

425 persons were killed in road crashes last year.

According to the Road Safety Unit (RSU) this is a 13 per cent decline when compared to 2022.

Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, pedalcyclists, motorcyclists and pillion passengers accounted for 59 per cent of the road users killed in 2023.

While for public transportation, PPV drivers accounted for two per cent of the road users killed and PPV passengers accounted for five per cent of those killed.

Accident analyst at the RSU Kimesha Dixon says Westmoreland, St. Catherine and St. Andrew recorded the most fatalities.

The Road Safety Unit is again calling for increased caution on the roads, despite road crashes and fatalities trending down.

Meanwhile, Vice-Chairman of the National Road Safety Council, Dr Lucien Jones says while the 2023 road fatalities did not surpass those of 2022, the numbers are still too high.

He says Jamaica should aim to reduce road fatalities by 50 per cent, in keeping with international recommendations.

Dr. Jones said reducing road deaths should take an all hands on deck approach, as they continue to impact various sectors.


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