Easter Week death toll: 19 dead, 3,000 injured
As usual, most of the deaths in Easter Week, the peak Dominican holiday period, occurred in traffic accidents, most involving motorcyclists. Others were for drowning, reported the Emergency Operations Center (COE), which coordinated the government’s Easter Week safety campaign.
Bulletin 3 issued yesterday afternoon, Sunday 27 March 2016, reported that 3,472 people received assistance for traffic accidents, alcohol and food poisoning, and drowning. There were 472 traffic accidents with 417 people affected. Motorcyclists were involved in 285 of these accidents. There were 14 traffic accident deaths, including 11 motorcyclists. Five people drowned.
222 people were treated for alcohol poisoning, including 28 minors, while 56 people were treated for food poisoning.
The COE said that 22,830 people received roadside assistance across the country, helping with mechanical repairs and tire changes.
The Civil Defense said that they rescued 27 people from drowning and recovered 53 lost children.
The Ministry of Interior and Police said it closed 65 businesses for selling alcohol on Good Friday.
According to Bulletin 3, there were fewer deaths this year compared to 2015. Hoy newspaper reports that the public hospital emergency rooms were not as busy as expected. A fourth and final bulletin is scheduled for release before noon today, Monday 28 March 2016.
Source: DR1, Hoy
March 28, 2016
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