Traffic deaths worse in the area
Out of all of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has the highest rate of death by traffic accident with 19.5 deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants.
The data was revealed by the deputy minister of Economy, Planning and Development, Juan Reyes, who said that the figure is one of the highest in the world and almost triple that of European countries that scarcely reached 10 traffic related deaths per 100,000 residents.
Participating in the Traffic Safety Seminar at the Presidential Place that is taking place from 25 to 31 July 2016, Reyes said that in absolute terms, 1,946 people died in traffic accidents in 2015.
He called for an urgent modification of traffic law 241-67 that has been in place for over 50 years.
Dr. Jose Miguel Aponte, director of the Dario Contreras Trauma Hospital, said that 80% of the accidents are due to violations of the traffic laws, principally speeding and reckless driving, drinking and driving. Most of these accidents involve motorcyclists. He said the hospital spends most of its budget on the victims of these accidents.
Source: DR1, Lisitndiario
July 28, 2016
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