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Despite strict driving restrictions, traffic police reports show that 49% of night-time traffic accidents were people traveling on their motorcycle
after the 9 p.m. curfew. - Photo for illustration purposes only -







Published Tuesday, July 6, 2021


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Despite strict driving restrictions, traffic police reports show that 49% of night-time traffic accidents were people traveling on their motorcycle after the 9 p.m. curfew.

According to police statistics, during the first semester of this year, from January to June, 194 people have died in car accidents, of these 95 were motorcyclists.

Fifty-four people died while driving their cars, 34 pedestrians were run over and 11 people were bicyclists.

In addition, the data reveals that the majority of the accidents are happening on weekends. So far this year, 104 people have died in car crashes over the weekends. This is equivalent to 53% of the total deaths on the road this year.

Statistics show reckless driving was linked to 54 deaths, speeding caused 43 deaths, and swerving into the opposite lane caused 37 deaths.

The increase of deaths over the weekend compared to during the week have left specialists to analyze driver behaviors.

"There are some people's behaviors on weekends that are not necessarily happening on weekdays," German Marín, Director of the Traffic Police said. "For example when people travel many adverse situations could happen, such as not knowing the road, not turning correctly in a curve, speeding to reach the destination quickly, driving sleepy when they leave at dawn or drinking liquor before driving."

The police recommend taking simple precautionary measures to avoid traffic accidents and deaths, such as:

• Always travel with a co-pilot who is available in case the driver can no longer safely drive.

• Wear comfortable and covered shoes, avoiding wearing sandals that can easily slip off the foot or get trapped on the car or bike pedals.

• When traveling at night or early morning, make sure you are rested, drive at a low-speed limit and avoid speeding.

• Inspect the vehicle before making a long trip.

• Know alternative routes, have a plan b, in case the original route presents problems such as landslides or another type of blocking.

• In the case of motorcyclists who are drivers by profession, they should avoid overworking hours which cause fatigue.

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What other advice would you give drivers to avoid road accidents? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com



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