Police Urge Drivers to be Responsible
Higher Commissioner Sadys Martínez from the National Traffic Safety Directorate stated that despite the fact that every year, more and more vehicles take to the roads, there were nine fewer deaths on the road in 2017 than there were in 2016. There were 782 fatalities in 2017 and 791 in 2016. However, there are alarming statistics from the National Traffic Safety Directorate concerning motorcycles.
Figures show that seven out of every 10 deceased on the roads are motorcyclists. The highest risk group is men who are less than 40 years old. The Traffic Safety Chief reiterated plans aimed at reducing and preventing traffic accidents by training in accident prevention and road safety education around the country. Drunkenness and speeding continue to be the two main causes of death from traffic accidents.
In the second week of this month, police issued 5,100 fines and 169 licenses were suspended for drunkenness and 9 licenses were cancelled under the new traffic law section on reckless homicides relating to traffic accidents. Under the Criminal Code, “causing a death by reckless driving” is punishable with one to four years of prison (four to eight years if committed while under the effects of drugs or alcohol).