Fatal car crashes are on the rise this year compared to last year, with a reported 59 fatalities so far for the year, according to Marino Hinds, acting officer in charge of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Traffic Division.
“We try to be as sensitive as possible to persons who may have been victims of crime or may have lost their lives in fatalities, and so it gives us no pleasure in putting a number,” said Hinds, during a press conference at the police headquarters.
“However, for analysis purposes and for information purposes we recognize that there is need to know. So, we are at 59 fatalities for the year.”
Asked how this number compares to previous years, Hinds said, “We have seen an uptick this year, when compared to last year.
“However, fatalities are nothing that you can necessarily measure because as far as 10 years ago, the numbers were even greater than the numbers we have now, so we do see some progress.
“The Bahamian public [is] adhering to the information we are providing them.
“We recognize that persons are not driving as recklessly as they have in the past and so we see a fluctuation from year to year as it were.”
According to statistics released by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson earlier this year, traffic fatalities were on the rise in 2017 compared to 2016, with a reported 23 percent increase in deaths involving motor vehicles.
Fifty-four people were killed in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2017.
In 2016, 44 people died in car accidents.
A breakdown of the data shows that the vast majority of these deaths occurred on New Providence and Grand Bahama.
And though the majority of deaths involved drivers (15) and passengers (14), pedestrians made up the next largest category with 16 deaths or 31 percent.
Traffic deaths were also more prevalent among people between ages 26 and 35.
Hinds noted that as the holiday season approaches, motorists and pedestrians should take extra caution while commuting.