One million motorcyclists fined for driving without a helmet
Statistics reveal that these violations occur almost three times as often as disrespecting traffic lights. File/LD
Santo Domingo, DR.
A total of 1,524,566 fines have been applied in the Dominican Republic, from 2017 until last June 2022, to sanction drivers who omitted the use of protective helmets, an obligation contemplated in Law 241-67, 63-17, and the regulations of the National Institute of Transit and Land Transportation (Intrant).
According to information provided by the General Directorate of Traffic and Land Transportation Safety (Digesett), through the Single Portal for Requesting Access to Public Information (SAIP), this type of infraction is the most repetitive and, for five years, has presented an upward trend of cases, only interrupted in 2020, a period that coincides with the implementation of the curfew and other mobility restrictions declared as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2017, 141,353 sanctions were imposed; the following year, 228,561 were applied, and in 2019 some 262,557 dropped to 187,784 in 2020.
The average for those four years doubled in 2021, so in those 12 months, 445,970 fines were registered, which meant an average of more than 37,000 per month and 1,221 per day.
The statistics also reveal that these violations occur almost three times as often as the second most common infraction in its records; disrespecting traffic light signals, which accumulates 523,821 fines applied.
Other frequent fines
In addition to the violation of the helmet ordinances and the non-compliance with traffic lights, three other transgressions that complete the group of the five most common are not carrying a license or that it is expired, the absence of insurance or having it expired, as well as ignoring the use of seat belts.
In the case of driving licenses, 485,678 drivers have been inspected for problems with their rights and 422,651 for insurance.
As for seat belts, 54,518 were applied in 2017; 78,064 in 2018; 56,778 throughout 2019; 28,448 in 2020, for 2021 another 107,120 and from January to June 2022, to total 404,258.
From 1,000 to 10,000 pesos is the amount citizens must pay when violating Dominican traffic laws and regulations, as established in the Digesett and Intrant fee schedules.
Although there is a more recent traffic law, 63-17, it is 241-67, which is the reference for penalties and fees.
On 22 June, Listin Diario published that deaths due to motorcycle accidents have become a scourge in the Dominican Republic. Seven of every ten people who lose their lives in road accidents are due to this cause.
The data was then revealed by Mélido Agramonte, director of Road Safety of Intrant, who detailed that between 2016 and 2020, 1,498 motorcyclists perished, representing a rate of 14.6% per 100,000 inhabitants.
Situation with motorcyclists
In the last five years, more than one million fines have been issued for not wearing a helmet while driving.
On June 22, Mélido Agramonte of Intrant emphasized that, in addition to guaranteeing citizen safety, with the registration of motorcycles, the government seeks to contribute to road safety by promoting the use of protective helmets.