Accident rates in the country show a lack of policy
It is no secret that the accident rates in the Dominican Republic are among the highest in Latin America and in the world. El Caribe points out that the leading cause of traffic accidents in the country is negligence. The laws are simply not respected and as a result most deaths could easily be prevented.
According to Ground Transport Office (OTTT in Spanish) technical director Maria Paz Conde, most accidents occur due to driver error. “Excess speed, driving under the effects of alcohol and drugs, using cell phones and not respecting traffic rules”, are the main causes, in her words.
Paz Conde said that no tools are available in the legislation to get the Dominican Republic out of 2nd place in the world for the number of traffic fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants. She mentioned deficiencies in Law 241-67 and other driving-related laws. She gave the examples that the law only requires drivers to use safety belts, and helmets are only mandatory for the person driving the motorcycle. In 2010 nearly 60% of traffic fatalities involved motorcycle passengers and drivers. Despite the fact that the law punishes driving under the influence (DUI) and the use of cell phones, according to the OTTT technical director driving and using cell phones is one of the main causes of accidents. So far this year there have been over 1800 traffic fatalities.
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