Jamaica reports highest number of road accidents in 2021

A total of 482 people have been killed in road accidents or traffic crashes between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

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Road Accident in Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica: A total of 482 people have been killed in road accidents or traffic crashes between January 1 and December 31, 2021. The year 2021 became one of the dangerous years for road users in Jamaica.

As per the latest data of the Road Safety Unit (RSU), located in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, between the festive occasion of Christmas and December 30, 2021, 22 people have been killed in the road accident.

According to the RSU, the year 2021 has seen the highest toll of a road accident, resulting in 482 fatalities in the nation. Due to the 434 brutal road crashes, the country has recorded the highest road deaths since 2004 as in 2004, the number of road deaths stood at the 450 mark.

By presenting the concern on road safety, Jamaican authorities stated that Jamaica had seen bloody four years between 2018 and 2021. According to the reports, the year 2018 has recorded 389 crash victims, while 2019 has discovered 440 victims, and 2020 reported 433 deaths. But the toll of road deaths in 2021 now stands at 482.

On the other hand, between 2004 and 2021, the year 2012 have discovered the road deaths figure under 300. It is quite notable that both 2020 and 2021 were in lockdown protocol in the wake of the emerging COVID-19 virus in Jamaica but were the most vulnerable years for the road users.

As per the statics of the Unit, the fatalities in this year represented 33 percent of the total fatalities during the hours of curfew in the country. A total of 161 individuals were killed in 134 brutal road accidents during the curfew hours.

The Road Safety Unit has also revealed that vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, pedal cyclists, pillion riders and pedestrians represented 62 per cent of all road deaths since the start of 2021. Of which, 34 percent of all road deaths were accounted by motorcyclists, while pedestrians accounted for 20 percent of all road deaths.

On the other hand, private motor drivers have represented 19 precent of all deaths.