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  • Speeding remains a major factor contributing to incidence of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities on the nation’s roads.
  • Director of the Road Safety Unit, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Kenute Hare, says 14 of the 62 traffic crashes that occurred since the start of the year resulted from excessive speeding by motorists.
  • The Director also reiterated the need for motorists to ensure that they and their passengers wear their seat belts at all times when travelling.

Speeding remains a major factor contributing to incidence of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities on the nation’s roads.

Director of the Road Safety Unit, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Kenute Hare, says 14 of the 62 traffic crashes that occurred since the start of the year resulted from excessive speeding by motorists.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think tank at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston, Mr. Hare, in urging that motorists reduce the speed at which they travel, lamented that this often results in multiple injuries and fatalities.

Mr. Hare noted that each crash involved several collisions. One, he explained, involved more than one vehicle, with another occurring between the persons travelling in the unit.

He pointed out that “for every one fatality in such an accident, there are approximately three injuries,” adding that crashes occurring at high speed are most likely to result in fatalities, based on the extent of the impact.

“There is no safety device can protect the body from the kind of (impact),” he indicated, hence the need for motorists to exercise greater responsibility and care when driving.

The Director also reiterated the need for motorists to ensure that they and their passengers wear their seat belts at all times when travelling.

Mr. Hare has also urged pedestrians to use the roads responsibly, noting that over 75 per cent of the fatalities involving these persons, which occurred in 2014, resulted from improper use of the thoroughfares.

In this regard, Mr. Hare said the Road Safety Unit will be focusing on heightening its public education programme, targeting vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, to assist them in understanding how best they can traverse the streets safely.

Since the start of the year, 68 persons have lost their lives in 62 crashes on the nation’s roads.