Final death toll is 33 after Holy Week
The Center for Emergency Operations (COE) has issued its fourth and final bulletin reporting that 33 people died during Easter Weekend. This is four more than last year when the death toll was 29.
Of the 33 deaths, 29 were due to road traffic accidents. There were reports that four persons drowned.
The director of the COE, General Juan Manuel Mendez said the increase in deaths was due to the large amount of traffic on the roads and highways.
He said that 319 people were attended for excessive consumption of alcohol, 42 of whom were minors. An additional 113 people were treated for food poisoning. Mendez reported that there was a total of 338 road traffic accidents involving 787 people. Of the 29 traffic fatalities, 17 were riding motorcycles while ten fatalities involved vehicle accidents. Two pedestrians lost their lives when they were struck and killed by vehicles.
Of the 338 accidents, 229 involved motorcycles in which 389 were injured.
He went on to say that 207 of the accidents were on highways and 181 in urban streets.
The Metropolitan Transport Authority (AMET) detained 6.141 vehicles, including 5,444 motorcycles, as their riders were travelling without a protective helmet. In addition 305 heavy trucks were detained for not having the a special Holiday Week permit. During the Easter Week Holiday, AMET issued 78 tickets to 78 truck operators for driving in the left hand lane and 77 motorists were issued citations for speeding on the nation’s roads.
Finally, AMET reported that they conducted 305 Breathalyzer tests to estimate the blood alcohol content of motorists during the Holiday Week. Forty seven motorists failed the Breathalyzer tests.
Source: DR1. Listindiario
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