KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorcyclists account for 30 per cent of road users killed in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year.
Statistics from the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining reveal that 86 motorcyclists died in traffic crashes this year compared to 87 in during a similar period in 2016.
According to the RSU, Westmoreland and Hanover recorded the highest number of motorcyclist deaths in 2017 so far, with 22 and 12 respectively.
The RSU is urging motorcyclists to wear the approved helmets to prevent injury and or death. Pillion passengers are encouraged to also wear helmets, while being transported on the motorcycles.
Since the start of the year, 292 people have been killed from 265 fatal crashes compared to 379 last year.