Central Village Has Island's Deadliest Roads

Parris Lyew-Ayee


CENTRAL DOWNTOWN Kingston has recorded the largest number of crashes since 2000, but Central Village in St Catherine is the community with the most fatal crashes in the island, according to Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

Lyew-Ayee made this disclosure while releasing data about the institute's latest project on geographical-information systems mapping and road-safety planning. He was addressing the National Road Safety Symposium, which was held at the Mona Visitors' Lodge and Conference Centre at UWI, recently.

"The community that has had the most fatal crashes is Central Village, followed by Williamsfield, Manchester; Little London, West-moreland; Caymanas, St Catherine; and Duncans, Trelawny," he pointed out.

Of the 829 communities in Jamaica, he said 87.21 per cent had at least one crash, and 394 communities had at least one fatality since 2000.

Lyew-Ayee said the institute has, so far, mapped 37,769 of the more than 70,000 crashes since 2000. Counting only total crashes, central downtown Kingston is the most dangerous area, followed by Half-Way Tree, Mandeville then Constant Spring.

Mapping data

"We are mapping every single crash and this will ... definitively allow us to take a look at the real pattern of the crashes across the island," he said. "We are going for full comprehensiveness."

According to Lyew-Ayee, analysts of data on road accidents face several challenges, one of which is the incorrect spelling of road names.

"Those kinds of inaccuracies slow down the mapping process," he said.

Mona GeoInformatics will conduct even more in-depth analysis of the crashes in the future, he revealed. This will include the frequency of crashes in individual communities, cross referenced with data on traffic and road conditions from the National Works Agency.

He said the institute will also participate in crash reconstructions for insurance and police purposes, and develop the capacity to predict when crashes are most likely to occur.

"If we assess every single crash since 2000, we can predict which areas are more likely to have a crash tomorrow or next year," he said. "This would allow preventive strategies to be developed, based on rigorous modelling processes."

Roads with most fatal accidents since 2000

  • Central Village, St Catherine
  • Williamsfield, Manchester
  • Little London, Westmoreland
  • Caymanas, St Catherine
  • Duncans, Trelawny

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