Over 400 killed in road fatalities

Jamaica has surpassed the 400 mark for road fatalities since the start of the year.

That’s according to the Road Safety Unit.

In it’s latest report, the RSU indicated there were 4 road deaths between Thursday and Friday morning, bringing the tally to 401.

In the latest incident on Friday morning, a woman was killed in an accident along the Laughlands Main Road in St. Ann at around 6 am.

Hours earlier around 3 am, two JDF soldiers died in an accident along hope road in St Andrew.

Their identities have not yet been released.

And yesterday 17 year old Shaquille Mclean was killed in an accident along the Cheapside Main Road in Junction, St. Elizabeth.

Speaking in an interview with Irie Fm news on Friday morning, Vice-chairman of the NRSC Dr Lucien Jones said the deaths are another indication of the national crisis facing the country.

He said provisions under the new road traffic act will aid in curbing the carnage on the nation’s roads.

Motorists are being warned of the need to change how they operate on the nation’s roads or face the suspension of their licences and increased fines when the new road traffic act is fully rolled out.

The National Road Safety Council met this week.

Vice-chairman Dr Lucien Jones said among the issues discussed were the rollout of provisions of the new road traffic act, improvements to the ticketing system, and the measures needed to mitigate the increasing number of deaths from road crashes.

Meanwhile, Head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Gary Mckenzie, said police presence will be increased this Christmas season.

He said this is part of ongoing efforts aimed at not surpassing road fatalities for last year .


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