COE reports 14 deaths over Christmas Eve
SANTO DOMINGO. Bulletin #2 from the Center for Emergency Operations (COE) reported yesterday the death of 14 persons during the Christmas celebrations between 23 December, at 2:00 p.m., and 6:00 o’clock yesterday morning.
All of the victims died in traffic accidents, while 200 of the injured were in accidents, and nine were from alcoholic intoxication.
According to the COE, from the start of the operation they received reports of 172 traffic accidents, in which 62 cars were involved, 15 heavy vehicles and 121 motorcycles the report said. Motorcycles represented 61% of all of the incidents that occurred.
Of the fourteen fatalities, six died in accidents involving light vehicles, three on motorcycles and five involved heavy vehicles. Of the fatal victims, three were in Santo Domingo, one in Montecristi, one in Duarte province, one in Monte Plata and one in Maria Trinidad Sanchez.
Regarding the situation with the heavy vehicles, the COE director, General Juan Manuel Mendez, admitted that for the second phase of the operation which will begin on 30 December and go on until 1 January, they will need to reinforce their efforts. “We have talked with General Juan Brown from the AMET, because there is a rule for heavy vehicles which they have to be very strict about,” said Mendez while he noted that the five deaths involving heavy trucks, “none were carrying food or fuel.”
AMET seized 960 vehicles which allegedly violated the traffic laws, the majority of them motorcycles without any of the legal documents required. Among the other vehicles seized were 72 heavy vehicles, 492 motorcycles, and 197 light vehicles (cars and pickups). The provinces with the most accidents registered were the National District, Santo Domingo, San Cristobal, and San Jose de Ocoa, in the South, as well as San Pedro de Macoris, Maria Trinidad Sanchez and Santiago in the North. On the North Coast, Puerto Plata reported five accident victims from traffic accidents, three of them yesterday
Today at about 11:00 a.m. the Third Bulletin is expected to be released on the first phase of the Christmas Operation called “For Dominican values and safety”
An 18% reduction
According to the director of the Center for Emergency Operations, General Juan Manuel Mendez, compared to the Second Bulletin from a year ago, in 2013 there has been an 18% reduction. Today, nevertheless, is when the Christmas segment of the operation closes
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