Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Pedestrian “imprudence” high on highway death list

August 15, 2008

Speeding is the number one cause of roadway deaths in the first seven months of this year, with a toll of 55 between January and July.

Drunk driving, meanwhile, claimed another 35 lives, according to the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT).

But what appears to most concern MOPT is pedestrian “imprudence,” which the ministry says was the cause of 33 deaths in the same time period, just three fewer than last year.

“Investigations verify that the majority of deaths from being hit by a car could have been avoided by using pedestrian bridges, crossing at street corners and respecting the traffic light, or just walking facing traffic and with bright or reflective clothing when there are no sidewalks or at night,” MOPT said in a statement released this week.

The statement did not mention how many deaths took place on roads that lacked sidewalks, or where there were no nearby pedestrian bridges.

According to the ministry, the second leading cause of pedestrian deaths was “bicycle imprudence,” which caused 12 deaths, and the six people died because of “mechanical failure,” although they did not clarify the term.

You may be interested

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, September 29
Costa Rica
5573 views
Costa Rica
5573 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Tuesday, September 29

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 29, 2020

Costa Rica announced 19 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 880, according to official data…

Costa Rica says coronavirus measures continue in October
Costa Rica
21081 views
Costa Rica
21081 views

Costa Rica says coronavirus measures continue in October

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 29, 2020

President Carlos Alvarado and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Tuesday  announced Costa Rica's coronavirus measures will continue in October. The…

These are the requirements to enter Costa Rica as a tourist
Costa Rica
2325 views
Costa Rica
2325 views

These are the requirements to enter Costa Rica as a tourist

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 29, 2020

Costa Rica is currently welcoming tourists from select countries and U.S. states. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Costa Rica has…