The Association for Safe International Road Travel (SIRT) reports that nearly 1.25 million people died in road crashes each year, an average of 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20 – 50 million people are injured or disabled.
Road traffic crashes rank as the 9th leading cause of death and among young people ages 15 – 29, road crashes are the leading cause of death. In Jamaica, more than 300 persons died in road crashes in 2018.
Reducing the Burden of Road Crashes
Reducing the burden of road crashes requires a partnership between the government, private sector, non-governmental organisations and international agencies. Road engineers, motor car designers, law enforcement officers, health professionals, educators, community groups, parents and drivers also have a role to play. The massive burden road rashes creates for victims and the country, led to the updating of the Road Traffic Act in Jamaica, to improve road safety by closing loopholes and increasing penalties for rule-breakers. With its goal of changing Jamaica’s road use culture, all drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of its restrictions and penalties.