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Traffic deaths increase 29 percent

According to statistics released by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson yesterday, there were 63 traffic accidents recorded in 2018 that resulted in 69 deaths.

According to statistics released by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson yesterday, there were 63 traffic accidents recorded in 2018 that resulted in 69 deaths.

Deaths involving motor vehicles were again on the rise with a reported 29 percent increase compared to 2017.

In 2017, 54 people died in traffic accidents.

Of the 69 deaths in 2018, 53 were males and 16 were females.

Thirty-one of those killed were pedestrians; 20 were drivers; 12 were passengers; three were motorcyclists; and three were bicyclists.

Of the traffic accidents, 42 occurred on New Providence; 11 on Grand Bahama; four on Abaco; three on Eleuthera; one on Exuma; one on Long Island; and one on San Salvador.

Traffic deaths were more prevalent among people between 46 and 55, with 16 people killed in that age bracket.

Three people under 17 were killed.

Police also reported that 12 people between the ages of 18 and 25 were killed; 15 between the ages of 26 and 35; 14 between the ages of 36 and 45; three between the ages of 56 and 65; and six people 66 and over were killed. 

Traffic fatalities occurred most frequently between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

During his annual press briefing at police headquarters, Ferguson said, “Having assessed the traffic statistics in those areas, 25 new motorcycles were deployed to assist in the management of road safety.

“Thirteen cycles were assigned to New Providence; five to Grand Bahama; two each to Abaco and Exuma; one each to Long Island, Eleuthera and Cat Island, as we recognize the streets in those areas as somewhat dangerous.”

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