• Costa Rica Real Estate

Deaths on Costa Rica roads reach new record

December 3, 2015

The death of a motorcyclist last weekend brought the traffic death toll this year to 356, a figure that surpassed the 355 recorded in all 2014. The number also is the highest in the past 10 years, Traffic Police reported.

The average rate for road deaths in December is 30 people, therefore officials fear the new record will grow significantly.

Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón Cornejo said that over the past 10 years, the number of deaths from traffic accidents only declined once, in 2012, the year the country approved a new Traffic Law that raised fines to up to $900 for certain traffic violations.

Fines, however, were reduced following a ruling from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court. Justices at the time ruled in favor of complaints claiming the new fines were disproportionately high.

Officials from the Roadway Safety Council (COSEVI) believe the fines should be raised again. They also want better patrolling on roads as currently the main cause of traffic deaths is irresponsible driving.

COSEVI Executive Director German Valverde González said most road deaths this year are related to driver recklessness. As of Nov. 30, speeding was the main cause of accidents, resulting in the deaths of 98 drivers, followed by unsafe lane changes, which caused 64 deaths.

Driving while intoxicated was the third major cause of roadway deaths, killing 23 people.

Deaths from motorcycle accidents make up 40 percent of the total number, according to the report.

Valverde said it is imperative to change the Traffic Law and set tougher sanctions. He also urged the government to make all necessary changes to increase the number of Traffic Police officers.

Traffic Police officials agree, but say they are unable to hire more officers because of a lack of funding.

Pedestrian deaths

Traffic Police also are concerned about the high number of pedestrians killed so far this year: the death toll through November was 63.

Of those, 49 were killed because of their own recklessness, while the remaining 14 deaths were attributed to a motorist, according to Traffic Police data.

Police director Calderón said that eight out of ten pedestrian fatalities are related to bad decisions and reckless behavior such as avoiding the use of pedestrian bridges or pedestrian traffic lights. Police also recorded deaths of people who were hit while walking drunk down a street, crossing on a green traffic light or in front of moving vehicles.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Nationwide earthquake drill in Costa Rica to be held Monday morning
Costa Rica
1826 views
Costa Rica
1826 views

Nationwide earthquake drill in Costa Rica to be held Monday morning

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 18, 2019

If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, it’s important to know what to do when one…

Pic of the Day: Morning views from Manuel Antonio
Pic of the Day
84 views
Pic of the Day
84 views

Pic of the Day: Morning views from Manuel Antonio

The Tico Times - August 18, 2019

Costa Rica established Manuel Antonio National Park in 1972. Between the new park and the old banana town of Quepos…

Slothy Sunday: The wild side of motherhood
Sloth Sundays
47 views
Sloth Sundays
47 views

Slothy Sunday: The wild side of motherhood

Denise Gillen / Toucan Rescue Ranch - August 18, 2019

On Aug. 15, Costa Rica celebrated Mother’s Day! Motherhood can take many forms. There are no set rules to what…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!