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Drive with care, especially on Sundays

The Citizen Safety Observatory’s results for the first quarter of 2016 show that the murder rate in the Dominican Republic is down 14% compared to the same period in 2015, but traffic accidents and suicides are up. Diario Libre reporters point out that Sunday is the day when most traffic accidents occur.

From January to March 399 homicides were registered by the state security institutions, 64 fewer than in 2015. Of that total, 99 occurred on Sunday. Most murders occurred from 6pm to midnight.

There were 548 deaths in traffic accidents, compared to 504 in 2015. Of this total, 101 occurred on a Sunday, and 188 between 6pm and midnight.

The Observatory also reports 926 registered cases of injuries due to firearms, of which 232 occurred on a Sunday. The next day in number of cases was Saturday and Friday, each with 140, followed by Thursdays with 117 and Mondays with 115 cases. Tuesdays are down with 96 cases and Wednesdays with 86.

Car robberies are more evenly distributed throughout the week. The Observatory says that of 1,379 car robberies reported in the first quarter of the year, 214 were on a Monday, 211 on a Friday, 210 on a Thursday, 191 on Sunday, 190 on Wednesday, 184 on Tuesday and 179 on Saturday.

As reported in Diario Libre, sociologist Daniel Pou attributes the increased violence and deaths on Sundays to the increase in alcohol consumption. He said many cases occur in the vicinity of entertainment and drinking centers. Contradictorily, he said that accident deaths usually occur on days with least traffic, on the highways, and drunk driving is usually involved.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

May 24, 2016

Category: DR News |

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