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Dominican Republic traffic deaths surpass any illness

Santo Domingo.- Traffic accidents kill as many as 3,000 people in the Dominican Republic each year, surpassing deaths from any illness, according to local auto insurance industry representatives, who expressed concerned with the figure, EFE reports.

Motorist Center (CAA) president Osiris Juan Mota said in addition to those killed, such accidents leave thousands of people incapacitated.

“Many young people are left unproductive by traffic accidents. We care about dengue but traffic accidents are killing more people than any disease known in this country,” said the head of CAA, an assistance center that provides services to customers of 11 insurers.

For Mota, the country needs stricter enforcement and greater awareness on the part of motorists.

“We have a tough law that hits us where it hurts, which are fines,” he said in a press conference to mark the first anniversary of the center.

In the Dominican Republic “will need to organize and educate ourselves a little more because it´s not just the public drivers who break the law, all of us do so.”

US$1.1 billion

According to CAA general manager Luis Torres, traffic accidents will cost taxpayers RD$50.0 billion (US$1.11 billion) each year.

Source: DT

Nov 12, 2015

Category: DR News |

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