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Over 50s are most accident prone

Drivers over 50 are more likely to have an accident than anyone else in Bermuda.

Meanwhile, careless driving is still the main cause of crashes on the Island’s roads.

Bermuda Police Service released road traffic accident statistics for April, yesterday, and while the number of accidents by April this year, 528, is down from 612 at the same time last year, there have been more deaths.

Only one road fatality had been recorded by April 2012, this year has seen five fatalities already.

Of the 127 accidents in April, 35 were caused by inattention, that number is down from the 56 recorded during the same period last year.

The second main cause was attributed to inexperienced motorists with 18 accidents recorded in that category, one less than the 17 recorded in April last year.

In all 75 motorists were injured in road accidents in April bringing the year-to-date figure to 275. That number is down slightly when compared to the same period last year when there were 295 motorists injured due to road traffic accidents as of April 2012.

Police recorded 12 accidents in April when motorists failed to stop and there were nine accidents where first aid was rendered by police officers. Only two accidents involved pedal cyclists, two accidents involved pedestrians and there were three accidents involving children.

There were 12 single vehicle accidents involving cars and other vehicles with four wheels or more, 11 accidents involving motorcycles or scooters, ten involving livery cycles and six with auxiliary cycles.

Police arrested four motorists in April on suspicion of impaired driving after road traffic collisions, bringing the total for the year to 29. The total for the same period last year was 22.

Private cars topped the list of categories for accidents in April with a total of 94, followed by motor cycles and scooters with 57, another 20 involving trucks and 15 involving auxiliary cycles. Private service vehicles accounted for eight accidents with another five taxis recorded in accidents during the month of April.

The leading age category for motorists involved was the 51 to 60 year age group with 60 accidents, or 27.6 percent, followed by the 41 to 50 year age group with 49 accidents or 22.6 percent of the total numbers recorded.

In the 16 to 20 year age group there were 13 accidents or 6.1 percent, the 31 to 40 year group accounted for 47 accidents or 21.6 percent.

More accidents involved male motorists with 126 accidents involving locals, and another ten involving tourists. There were 74 local women, and another seven tourists, involved in accidents.

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Published May 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm)

Over 50s are most accident prone

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