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37% Reduction in child fatalities



MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND WORKS | 2015-11-23 00:00:00

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is reporting a 37% reduction in child fatalities since the start of the year. Statistics from the Unit reveals that as of November 23, 12 children have been killed in road crashes when compared to the corresponding period last year when 19 perished.

A total of 327 persons have died in road traffic crashes since January. Of the 12 were children in that number, 5 were pedestrians, 5 were passengers in private motor vehicles (PMC) and 2 were pedal cyclists.

Director of the Unit, Kenute Hare says, “The Unit is encouraged to see this reduction in child fatalities. Notwithstanding that, we will continue to intensify our efforts to educate the children in Early Childhood, Primary and High Schools as it pertains to the correct way to behave in the traffic environment as even one death on our roads is one too many.”

In the meantime, the Unit is appealing to parents and guardians to introduce their children to road safety training as early as possible. The Unit says it is particularly important for adults to accompany children, especially those in the age group 05-09, when they have to go on the roads since those in that age group do not have a developed appreciation for proper road safety etiquette.

Parents and guardians are also urged to ensure that there are proper child restraint mechanisms in their vehicles, as 5 of the 12 children who have died were passengers in private motor vehicles. Statistics from the Unit reveal that as of November 23, six (6) children within the 15-17 age group died when compared to 8 fatal deaths in 2014. In addition, four (4) children within the 5-9 age group died when compared to 7 for the same period last year.

Child fatalities for 2015 are projected to decrease by 14% when compared with 2014. The month of November thus far has not recorded any fatalities or crash involving children.

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