20 deaths over the Christmas holiday
The Emergency Operations Center (COE) is reporting 20 deaths between 2pm on Wednesday, 23 December and 6pm on Friday, 25 December 2015. This total is three fewer deaths than over the same period in 2014, all caused by traffic accidents. There were 340 traffic accidents in total, affecting 448 people.
According to Bulletin No. 3, of 200 people treated for alcohol poisoning, 10 were minors between the ages of 3 and 17.
Again, most of the deaths were caused by traffic accidents involving motorcyclists. Of the 20 fatalities, 14 were motorcyclists.
Of the 340 traffic accidents during the holiday period, 100 occurred on highways and 250 on city streets. 183 involved motorcyclists, 144 light motor vehicles, three trucks and 10 pedestrians.
One of the deaths was a minor who was driving a motorcycle in Las Yayas, Azua and another casualty was fashion designer Hipolito Hernandez in a crash between motorcyclists on Av. Hermanas Mirabal in Santiago.
General Juan Manuel Mendez had reported that six of the nine dead during the holidays died in crashes with motorcyclists through 6am on 25 December.
The largest number of accidents occurred in National District and the provinces of Santo Domingo, La Vega, San Pedro de Macoris and San Juan de la Maguana.
AMET reported it had confiscated motorcycles from 135 people who were driving without helmets.
The second phase of the COE’s holiday emergency prevention and care operation starts on Wednesday, 30 December 2015 at 2pm and ends on 1 January at 6pm.
Dec 28, 2015
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