Road Safety Unit concerned as crash fatalities pass 300
Director of the Road Safety Unit, Deidrie Hudson Sinclair, is renewing the call for road users to exercise caution on the nation's roads.
As of August 17, the unit has recorded that 302 persons have died in road crashes. Fatalities have decreased by two per cent while fatal crashes have decreased by four per cent when compared with similar period in 2021. Hudson Sinclair urged road users to take road safety seriously as the majority of road crashes are related to bad driving practices.
Statistics from the Road Safety Unit for 2021 reveal that of the 487 road fatalities recorded for that year, speeding, drivers failing to keep left and pedestrian error were the main causes of fatal crashes. A breakdown of the main causes revealed that 59 motorists died as a result of excessive speeding with no regards to conditions, 27 motorists died from failing to keep to the near side or to the proper traffic lane, and 16 pedestrians died by walking or standing in the road.
Statistics further revealed that males accounted for 89 per cent of that figure. Hudson Sinclair said that men in particular need to take heed as they account for the majority of fatalities. The majority of drivers involved in fatal crashes are males.
"This is not comforting, as families are losing breadwinners, having severe consequences for the stability of homes, communities and the economy," Hudson Sinclair said.