Published Friday, July 10, 2020

Fewer deaths in road
accidents this year

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The pandemic and the government’s strict measures have resulted in fewer vehicles on the road, which have played a major role in a reduction in the number of road deaths.

According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Transportation, during the first semester of this year, from January to June, 152 deaths were registered. During the same period last year, 218 deaths were reported. Which means 66 less deaths, or 30% drop in vehicular fatalities.

According to the ministry, this 30% reduction in deaths from traffic accidents is also in part because of more roadblocks. This is also in response to government orders to maintain the ban on driving.

In addition to deaths from road accidents, the number of regular traffic accidents have also decreased. In the same period in 2019, 41,604 accidents were registered. This year, 29,628 road accidents have been registered. This equates to a 70% decrease in accidents on the streets.

"People are complying with the measures ordered by the Ministry of Health, that is reflected in the minor number of vehicles on the roads, but it clearly allows us, as the Traffic Police, to control the roads more," said German Marín-Sandí, director of the Traffic Police. "The controls have two positive effects, the first is that we are detaining people who speed drive or drunk drivers. The second effect is that the drivers already know that there are more officers controlling the streets."

According to the ministry, such a low number of deaths caused by car crashes had not been recorded since 1994.

With regard to the cause of accidents, reckless driving is the number one cause. The second cause of death is recklessly switching lanes. The third cause is speeding.

Regarding the type of vehicle, most of the accidents happened on motorcycles. Secondly, are cars and then bicycle accidents.

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