Jamaica’s target for recording fewer than 300 road fatalities will again not be met this year, with predictions from the National Road Safety Council that the number could be higher than 400.
Victor Anderson, Programme Coordinator for the Below 300 campaign at the National Road Safety Council, is also lamenting that more fatalities involve motorcyclists. The Council has been on a campaign to keep the number of road fatalities below 300 on an annual basis but has faced significant challenges.
Anderson said that since 2012 road fatalities have been steadily increasing, and motorcyclists have become the new cause for concern. "That is the one that has jumped out of all proportion to the rest. Even pedestrians that used to be the largest group, that is now second place to the motorcyclists," he said. By Monday of last week, 365 people have been killed in crashes on the nation's roads.
Anderson also said another worrying trend in road crashes is “as soon as the National Works Agency finishes a beautiful new piece of road, people start driving faster than ever."
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