Nice People Networking

Too many traffic deaths

Reducing the number of traffic accidents in the country continues to be a challenge. In the first three months of this year 397 people died in traffic accidents and 2,625 were injured – most involving motorcycles.

Figures from the Metropolitan Transport Authority (Amet) and the citizen safety observatory from the Ministry of Interior and Police reveal that 90% of the victims were men and 25% between the ages of 20 and 29 years of age.

Last year in total there were 12,809 accidents with 2,122 deaths across the country.

The president of the Dignity Network Foundation Mario Holguín says that despite Amet saying there has been a 24% reduction in transit deaths and Interior and Police claiming 28%, in reality the number of traffic fatalities is increasing each year. Holguín feared that until new rules under the new Traffic Law 63-17 are implemented there will not be a decrease in the traffic accident numbers.

He said that in 2016 there was a 9% increase in traffic deaths and a 23% increase in accident numbers and those injured.

In addition 62% of the deaths involve motorcycles with Sunday being the day of most accidents between 20 and 23%.

In the first three months of the year 75% of the accidents were due to collisions, 19% car leaving the road, and 20% people being hit by vehicles.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

June 16, 2017

Category: DR News |

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Last updated September 23, 2017 at 10:44 PM
stats for wordpress
View Statistics Report
Facebook Twitter