BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – ACCORDING to statistics provided by the Traffic Department, there has been a near 30 percent increase in the number of traffic accidents taking place in St. Kitts in 2016 in comparison with the previous year.
The Department reports that in 2015, there were 955 traffic accidents on the island, while there were 1222 in 2016, registering a 28 percent increase.
The statistics further indicate that about 782 or 82 percent of the 2015 traffic accidents did not result in injury, 157 resulted in minor injuries, 12 were serious and the remaining four or 0.42 percent were fatal.
As for 2016, 1038 or 85 percent of the accidents did not result in injury, 172 resulted in minor injuries, 10 were serious and the other two or 0.16 percent resulted in fatalities.
In 2015, 1876 vehicles were involved in the 955 accidents and in 2016, 2233 were involved in the 1222 accidents in St. Kitts.
There was a 66.7 percent reduction in the number of road fatalities across the Federation from six in 2015 to two in 2016.
On the sister isle, Nevis, with 272 traffic accidents being reported in 2015, there was an 8.8 percent increase in 2016 with 296 being recorded.
Of that 2015 figure, most – 240 or 88 percent – did not result in injury, 26 resulted in minor injuries, four saw individuals being seriously-injured, and two resulted in fatalities.
And in 2016, 84.5 percent of the reported accidents did not result in injury, 42 resulted in minor injuries and four were serious. There were no road fatalities in Nevis in 2016.
The increase in accidents was accompanied by a 19.4 percent increase in the number of registered vehicles in the Federation. The number of vehicles registered in 2015 was 3566 – 2695 in St. Kitts and 871 in Nevis – and in 2016, it rose to 4259 – 3049 in St. Kitts and 1210 in Nevis.
The Traffic Department indicated that most of the accidents occurred as a result of human error, speeding, carelessness while driving and individuals not paying attention to the road conditions and other road users.
It advised therefore that all road users, both motorists and pedestrians, make a concerted effort to pay greater attention while using the Federation’s roadways.
During his first lecture for the year, Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley indicated that traffic-related issues have caused some concern for the Police Force and he indicated that during this year, more emphasis would be placed on cracking down on traffic violations.