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Costa Rica accident-related deaths increase

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Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of August, there were 334 deaths in traffic accidents, Traffic Police reported. 

Of the total deaths, 169 were motorcyclists (which is equivalent to 51% of fatalities), 32 were car drivers, 24 were cyclists and the rest were passengers and pedestrians.

Among the main causes of these road accidents were careless drivers and unsuspecting pedestrians. Police registered 150 for speeding, 75 for disrespecting the yellow line and invading the oncoming lane, 50 for making an unlawful U-turn, 29 were caused by pedestrians and the rest were caused by drunk drivers and other circumstances.

Recently, about 22,000 drivers were fined for breaking the Traffic Law, such as incorrect parking, not wearing seat belts, speeding and not stopping at a red light among others.

Also, more than 4,600 DUI tests were applied by the Traffic Police. Of these, police identified over 850 positive DUI with more than 0.75 grams of alcohol in their systems. 

Last year closed with more than 480 deaths in traffic accidents. Police statistics show 215 more deaths were registered compared to the 365 fatalities in 2021, which is an increase of 59%.

What is the death rate in road accidents in your country? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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