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Drivers face stiffer penalties as road carnage rages

Santo Domingo.- Justice minister Francisco Dominguez on Thursday said prosecutors have been instructed to seek incarceration of drivers who cause traffic accidents under the influence of alcohol or speeding, where there’s one or more people injured or dead.

He said the same measure will be sought for motorists with no car insurance at the time of the accident, those with no driver license or abandon their victim without justification, recklessly driving a heavy vehicle or racing.

He said the plan’s main goal is to make the population aware of the need to reduce risks that can cause accidents, to avert lamentations over the country’s notorious road carnage.

Dominguez said the instructions are clear and precise, “they have a single goal, which is to save lives, prevent traffic accidents from the aforementioned causes.”

“This should be handled responsibly and acting in strict compliance with the provisions of transit Law 241,” he said, adding that his department has various support programs of institutions and companies, to prevent and reduce the number of deaths and injuries.

Speaking at the Justice Ministry together with Dominguez, Supreme Court chief justice Mariano German also called to amend transit Law, with more drastic penalties for violators.

Dominican Republic is the Hemisphere’s leader and second in the world in traffic accident fatalities, with 29.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Source: DT

Aug 5, 2016

Category: DR News |

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