Christmas death toll lower this year
Santo Domingo.- The Center for Emergency Operations (COE) says that during the “Christmas Operational Plan for Common Unity 2012” a total of 216 people were reported as affected, of whom 17 were killed in road accidents, include one minor.
The COE bulletin informs that 133 were affected by accidents, 59 by alcohol poisoning and seven by food poisoning.
Eight of the alcohol poisoning victims were minors, aged between 12 and 17, from the provinces of María Trinidad Sánchez, Azua, San Cristóbal, Santo Domingo and three from Barahona.
COE director Juan Manuel Méndez said that there had been a reduction of 23% in the number of accidents involving motorcycles, but said that the final bulletin would show whether the decrease had been significant. 60 of the 118 accidents recorded involved motorcyclists. Two of the deaths in road accidents were run down, and eight were on motorbikes.
The provinces with the largest number of cases were Santo Domingo, National District, San Cristóbal, Santiago, San José de Ocoa, San Pedro de Macorís and María Trinidad Sánchez.
During the first phase of the operation AMET has impounded 303 vehicles of which 155 are motorbikes, 147 heavy goods vehicles and one light vehicle.
The president of the National Commission for Emergencies, retired General Luis Antonio Luna Paulino said that so far the population had displayed restrained and sensible behavior during the first phase of the campaign.
However, he said that the most worrying period for the authorities was the New Year celebration.
“Things are going well, especially in the urban area, which is the most worrying, but the most worrying day is New Year’s Day,” he said. He reminded that vehicle flow increases on that date.
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