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Motorcycle-caused deaths among children in Latin America

According to a report published by the Gonzalo Rodriguez Foundation, called “Study concerning conditions of children on motorcycles in Latin America”, concludes that motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of death of children and adolescents in traffic in Latin America.

The study, presented at a conference in Montevideo, was carried out in 28 cities in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Uruguay, and describes the danger to children who ride motorcycles in these countries.

It is the first time that such an integrated study has been conducted.  In addition to the Foundation other collaborators on the study were the World Bank, Latin American Development Bank, the UPS Foundation and the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory.

According to the data, there are nearly 30 million registered motorcycles in these countries and the fatality rate due to motorcycle accidents increased from 0.8 per 100,000 inhabitants and in 2010 to 3.5 per 100,000.

The highest rates of fatality are in Colombia (3.6 per 100.000 inhabitants), Brazil (2.9 per100,000 inhabitants) and Paraguay (2.5 per100,000 inhabitants).

The number of deaths of 15-17 year olds in Paraguay and Argentina has increased compared to other minors, reaching 120 in Paraguay in 2015, whereas in Argentina more than half of those under 17 who died in motorcycle accidents between 2012 and 2014 were 16 or 17 years old. In Brazil in 1996 there were 1% of motorcycle fatalities were minors and rose to 26% in 2014.

In the Dominican Republic, data shows that children between the ages of 15 and 17 accounted for 9.1% of motor vehicle accident deaths.

Countries such as Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay have minimum age and height requirements for riding on motorcycles.  Argentina, Colombia and the Dominican Republic do not have these requirements.

The report recommends that the governments of these countries should regulate the use of motorcycles by young people and enforce rules regarding use of safety gear and lights in the daytime.

The use of safety equipment for motorcycle drivers varies by city.  In Buenos Aires, 95% use of motorcycle drivers wear a helmet, but only 3.8% use visible clothing and in Rio de Janeiro, 99.1% use a helmet and 8.5% visible clothing.

When it comes to minimum ages, the youngest motorcycle drivers in the study are in Dominican Republic and Colombia.  In the Dominican Republic, 10.98 % of children who drive motorcycles are 12 years of age, while in Galapa in Colombia the figure is even higher – 26.1% of drivers are 12 years old.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

May 13, 2017

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