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Road fatalities climb to 431

By Kimone Witter 

Road traffic fatalities have climbed to 431, with 45 of those deaths occurring in November.

The figure has surpassed the 429 fatalities recorded over the similar period in 2021.

The latest fatality occurred Tuesday evening when a pedestrian was mowed down in St. Catherine.

The 42-year-old woman was reportedly walking along the Charlemont main road about 7:20 p.m. when she was hit by a motor vehicle.

The driver did not stop.

The woman received head injuries and was taken to Linstead Hospital where she died.

Dr. Lucien Jones, Vice Chair of the National Road Safety Council, said 90 pedestrians have died on the nation's roads up to November 29.

Of the 90 pedestrians who died, seven were children.

"We really have to find a way to protect those who have no protection, and the most important thing to do is just to slow down," Dr. Jones appealed.

He also urged pedestrians to wear light coloured clothes at night so they are more visible to motorists, and to be careful when they are crossing roads. 

Another 129 deaths so far this year have been of motorcyclists and 15 were pedal cyclists.

Five teenagers were driving motorcycles when they died.

Jamaica recorded 487 road fatalities in 2021.