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Costa Rica reports nearly 200 road accident deaths



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Published on Wednesday, July 3, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff



As of May, there were 199 deaths in traffic accidents, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT).



The Traffic Police statistics show that this year 15 fewer deaths were recorded, compared to 214 fatalities in the same period of 2023.



Of the total number of fatalities, 110 were motorcyclists (55%), 34 were drivers (17%), 10 were cyclists (5%), and the remainder fatalities were passengers or individuals driving other types of vehicles.




According to officials, the leading causes of these road accidents were speeding (71 fatalities), crossing a designated line and driving against traffic (57 deaths) and reckless driving with 28 victims.



People can report suspects of reckless driving behavior to the Traffic Law by dialing the 9-1-1 emergency line.



Recently, more than 3,500 DUI tests were applied by Traffic Police. Of these, police identified over 600 positive DUIs with more than 0.75 grams of alcohol.



Last year police reported over 500 deaths in traffic accidents. Of the total number of fatalities, 48% were motorcyclists.



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