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57 people died in traffic accidents in 2019

There were 54 traffic accidents that resulted in 57 deaths in The Bahamas in 2019, according to police statistics.

The numbers, released by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson, represented a decline in the number of traffic fatalities – a reported 17 percent decrease compared to 2018.

In 2018, 69 people died in traffic accidents.

Men were far more often the victims of accidents, with 48, or 84 percent of the victims being men, and nine victims, or 16 percent, being women.

Seventeen of those killed were pedestrians; 21 were drivers; 10 were passengers and nine were motorcyclists.

Of the traffic fatalities, 34 occurred on New Providence; six on Grand Bahama and 17 on the Family Islands. Five people died on Abaco, five on Andros, one on Cat Island, three on Eleuthera, one on Exuma and two on San Salvador.

Traffic deaths were more prevalent among people between 26 and 35 years old, with 19 people killed in that age bracket.

Two people under 17 years old were killed.

Police also reported that four people between the ages of 18 and 25 were killed; 12 between the ages of 36 and 45; eight between the ages of 46 and 55; eight between the ages of 56 and 65 and two people 66 and over were killed. The ages of two victims are still unknown.

During his annual press briefing at police headquarters, Ferguson said, “We will continue to educate the public on road safety and urge the public to adhere to the traffic laws.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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