Motorists are again being warned to take road safety seriously as 122 people have been killed on the nation’s roadways in 108 crashes up to Wednesday, May 16, according to the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport.
The RSU revealed that when compared to the similar period last year, 129 persons were killed in road crashes.
Despite, this representing a decrease of seven, the RSU in a release appealed to road users to “wear their seatbelts, helmets, and other protective devices to save lives, as well as, to pay close attention to road signs and markings.”
Further data from the RSU revealed that pedestrians accounted for the highest number of fatalities as up to Wednesday, 28 were killed in fatal crashes.
Among the current number of crash victims are 26 motorcyclists, 24 drivers of private motor vehicles, 20 passengers of private motor vehicles; nine pedal cyclists, four PPV passengers, four commercial motor car passengers and three pillion riders.
Two PPV drivers, along with two commercial motorcar drivers were also among the chilling statistics so far this year.
Meanwhile, director of the RSU, Kenute Hare is continuing to urge all road users to be serious with regards to their road safety.
In the RSU release, Hare encouraged drivers/motorists who transport passengers, to ensure that they do so safely by enforcing the wearing of seatbelts. He pleaded with pedestrians and pedal cyclists to wear bright-coloured clothing at nights, and use reflective gears to ensure they can be seen at all times.
Hare further stressed the importance for pedal cyclists to wear clothing that will make them more visible to other road users, especially in the nights.