Local January 2, 2024 | 8:16 am

Dominican Republic’s motorcyclists acknowledge recklessness in high accident rate

Santo Domingo.- In the Dominican Republic, motorcyclists have acknowledged that a significant cause of the high rate of traffic accidents involving motorcycles is due to the recklessness of many riders. This acknowledgment comes in light of data from the World Health Organization, which places the Dominican Republic fifth globally in traffic accidents. Notably, about 70 percent of these incidents involve motorcyclists.

Confronted with these alarming statistics, motorcycle driver unions, particularly those engaged in urban passenger transport, have organized and are implementing preventive measures to reduce accidents.

In response to this critical issue, the Dominican government has initiated various actions to enhance road safety. These include interventions at critical points, the National Safe Intersections Program, the establishment of a Motorcyclist Registry, and the regulation of freight transportation.

The urgency of these measures is underscored by recent statistics: during the Christmas holidays, 19 fatalities were reported, with 14 involving motorcycle accidents. This high incidence of motorcycle-related accidents and fatalities highlights the need for continued efforts in traffic safety education, enforcement of traffic laws, and measures to promote responsible riding among motorcyclists.

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January 2, 2024 9:27 am

I can’t wait to hear the Union’s plan.

January 2, 2024 12:31 pm

Blah Blah Blah, rules and laws with zero enforcement. Incogruency is a disease, your words dont match your actions. Just sit at an intersection and watch the ignorance and arrogance on full display. They only learn with crutches and caskets because thats the cheapest way to deal with it. education and social accountability are foreign concepts.

January 2, 2024 12:40 pm

Everyone is supposed to wear helmets on motorcycles. This “law” is enforced (?) by police officers who don’t wear helmets on motorcycles. This is only one example of the general disregard for traffic laws in the RD.

January 2, 2024 3:24 pm
Reply to  Edward

Helmets do not protect against stupidity and ignorance …
Why would you protect rocks in the head ?!

Paul Tierney
January 3, 2024 9:49 am
Reply to  Edward

A suggestion is every owner of a moto that has been confiscated by the police would have to pay for a new police helmet into a government bank account set up for police supplies. He then has to provide proof of payment for a helmet and fine(s) before his moto can be released from impound. This would provide incentive for police to enforce the laws and disincentive for owners to break laws.

January 4, 2024 9:25 pm

Increase 200%-300% the registration fees, moving violations, motorcycle insurance, taxes.