| 18 MAR 2013, 12:00 AM

Dominican Republic is second highest in traffic fatalities

SANTO DOMINGO. The Dominican Republic is the second country of the 182 that belong to the United Nations that has the most traffic fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants. The DR has a rate of 41.7 fatalities per 100,000 and it is only preceded by the island nation of Niue-in the Pacific-which has 68.3.

This is what the estimates published by the World Health Organization indicate in their recent release "Report on the World Situation on Highway Safety 2013)," which was placed on their webpage, and presents data collected in 2010.

With 41.7 traffic fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, the Dominican Republic also surpasses the average for the Americas, which is 16.1.

"Half of the traffic deaths in the world are due to pedestrians (22%), bicyclists (5%) and motorcyclists (23%), the so-called ‘vulnerable users of the public roads' says the report.

The comparative information published by the WHO approaches the numbers published in the country by the Dignity Network Foundation (Fundared)-in a report published in 2011-which is headed by the former deputy minister of Public Works, Mario Holguin.

At that time, the Fundared estimated that in the Western Hemisphere, the Dominican Republic was the country with the most fatalities, having a rate of 34.6 traffic fatalities for every 100,000 inhabitants.

With a vehicular fleet of 2,917,573 vehicles in 2011, and over half of them motorcycles, the highway accidents in the country are attributed to a lack of consciousness, the carelessness of many drivers and the absence of driver's education.

At the same time the high speed roads that give access to the capital, such as the Las Americas and Duarte Highways, are among the most dangerous.

The WHO recommends the different countries to work on legislation covering highway safety (only 28 countries have integrated laws), improve the traffic infrastructure, the regulations for vehicles and the attention to persons injured in accidents, as well as coordinate the notification of the information relating to the injuries caused by traffic accidents.
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    La pregunta del día

    Por la sequía que afecta al país, ¿debe el Gobierno llamar a racionar el agua potable?