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November road stats: losses outweigh gains

There were three more road traffic fatalities recorded for the 12 months to November compared with the previous cycle, according to Bermuda Police Service statistics.

The statistics, taken from November 2013 to November 2014, do not include the December deaths of Peter Woolcock, Shawn Williams and Stephen Edwards, who was pronounced dead last night after a single-vehicle accident in the early hours of yesterday. Their deaths bring the total number of fatalities this year to 15.

While the number of fatalities during the one-year period was up, the total number of collisions for the year was down by 317 to 1,304. Tourists were involved in 151 of the recorded collisions.

The number of injuries on the road was also down on the previous period — 649 compared with 748.

The main cause of collisions during the year period was by far inattention, as it was last year.

Other significant causes this year were inexperience on the road and overtaking improperly. Some 53 per cent of collisions resulted in an arrest for impaired driving compared with 70 last year.

The majority of those involved in collisions were aged between 21 to 30, accounting for 22.4 per cent of the incidents, while those aged between 51 to 60 were involved in 19.4 per cent of them.

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Published December 31, 2014 at 5:40 pm (Updated January 02, 2015 at 1:51 am)

November road stats: losses outweigh gains

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