The most recurrent traffic infractions in the Dominican Republic
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THE LIST OF THE DIGESETT IS COMPOSED OF MORE THAN 50 TRANSGRESSIONS TO THE TRAFFIC LAW.
Santo Domingo, DR
Last Thursday, the Special Peace Court of Transit of the National District imposed a monetary fine of one million pesos, among other sanctions, on a citizen who drove on the wrong way along a stretch of the busy 27 de Febrero Avenue.
According to the prosecutor’s office of the Centro Asistencial al Automovilista del Distrito Nacional, the incident occurred at 2:30 a.m., and the crime of Carmen Valerio Jiménez resulted in three people being injured.
This incident brought to the forefront the country’s traffic sanction system and the infractions committed by this person.
Among the infractions committed by Valerio Jimenez were reckless driving at high speed, causing an accident causing injury or death, and failure to render aid to victims by fleeing the scene.
Of these, reckless driving is one of the most common infractions in the Dominican Republic, according to the fine schedule posted on the website of the Dirección General de Seguridad de Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre (Digesett).
But, what are the most recurrent infractions in the country?
The Digesett list is composed of more than 50 transgressions to the Traffic Law, and among them are not crossing pedestrian bridges; driving a vehicle with excess passengers; transporting more than two passengers in the front seat; not having a license plate of official status; transporting packages that impede the driver’s lines of vision.
Also, driving with tinted windows; not stopping when a school vehicle is loading or unloading a passenger; littering; standing on the roadway to sell products of any kind; driving in opposition to the orders and signals of the traffic officer; driving without a helmet; driving without license plates or expired license plates.
Likewise, driving with lights off; driving with high beams on lighted streets; not having a red light in the rear; not having directional lights; driving in a vehicle with guides on the right; not having a windshield; not having a rear-view mirror; producing unnecessary noise; not having an exhaust pipe muffler; not carrying red flags, tarps and other safety measures.
Similarly, driving without emergency equipment; transporting cargo that protrudes more than authorized in the front; transporting passengers in cargo vehicles; prohibitions on license plates and driver’s licenses; driving without a license plate; license plate attachments; driving without a license; driving with an expired license; driving with a lower category license with a learner’s permit or photocopy.
Likewise, there is the infraction of carrying false information; reversing obstructing traffic; not yielding the right of way to emergency vehicles; making a prohibited turn or U-turn; parking on sidewalks and prohibited places; obstructing pedestrian passage; taking or dismounting passengers in restricted areas; parking at bus stops; obstructing traffic; violating traffic signs.
In addition, there is violating the stop sign; driving the wrong way; parking next to the yellow-painted curb; no reflective stripe; not having insurance or expired insurance; driving in prohibited places; driving with children in front seats; driving without a seat belt; speeding; driving while intoxicated; violating the red light and driving while talking on a cellular phone.
We have school buses with flashing lights? Really???? Where??? 99% of AMET or whatever they are called these days are stationary in the same place every day (at least where I live). I am guilty of having an expired driver’s license (one of the 30% in the country to actually have one), to which while driving through a checkpoint in the middle of nowhere, I was the proud recipient of a ticket. Honestly, I had no idea it expired a few months ago. It is since been renewed.
While this ticket was being issued, no less than 3 motos, none with drivers wearing helmets and no doubt with rear fenders removed, thus no tail lights, one with a family of 4 riding on it…4 trucks driving sideways down the road and a car so overloaded that the occupants were sitting on each other, were waved through by the other AMET officer and the 2 police officials of unknown affiliation (we all know what I am talking about).
If you are going to “enforce” the law, let’s deal with the obvious…not what comes out of a pocket. Then again, what comes out of the pocket is what most of these undertrained, underpaid, and under-educated police are looking for.
The law is great for road safety BUT it might take min. 5 years to implement according to situation in RD today. God bles RD.
Wow, speeding didn’t even make the list!