Road fatalities in Jamaica increase by 10 per cent, calls grow louder for new Road Traffic Act to be passed

There has been a 10 per cent increase in road fatalities in Jamaica in 2021.

With just hours left before the New Year, data from the Traffic and Road Safety branch show that 480 individuals have been killed on the island’s roads between January and December 2021.

During the same period in 2020, 433 persons were killed on the nation’s roads.

On Wednesday (December 29) two more persons were added to the tally of road fatalities for 2021.

74-year-old Sybert Ward, a chef of Windsor, St. Ann and a woman who has been identified only as ‘Miss Evans’ were killed within minutes of each other as they both attempted to cross the road.

Ward was reportedly crossing the AGR Byfield main road in St. Ann about 7:30 p.m. when he was hit by a Mazda motor car.

Investigators in Falmouth, Trelawny say ‘Miss Evans’ was crossing the Salt Marsh main road in the parish when she was hit by a Toyota Corolla Axio motor car.

In both incidents, the drivers stopped at the scene and were interviewed and warned for prosecution by investigators.

Vice Chairman of the National Road Safety Council, Dr. Lucien Jones continues to urge the government to act speedily to implement the new Road Traffic Act which he believes will serve as a deterrent.

Jones notes that with the recently rolled out SMART Check II ticketing system the police will have greater powers in dealing with road traffic breaches.