Opinion October 9, 2022 | 7:53 am

What do accidents teach us?

We are all lamenting the traffic accident registered in the Boulevard Turístico del Este in Punta Cana, which has killed two people and injured more than 40. To a certain extent, it is another accident in a country that ranks first in traffic accidents. But we have reacted with particular sensitivity because the victims have been tourists, that is, people who decided to visit us to rest, enjoy our beaches, listen and dance to our music, and contemplate our beautiful tropical landscapes.

As the media usually do, we want to take advantage of this unfortunate and painful circumstance to return to a reiterated discourse (now they say narrative) but not without relevance and meaning.

1) The Dominican Republic has to make tremendous and urgent efforts to stop being a country synonymous with traffic accidents. To achieve this, we must work hard and with diligence because it is not easy to overcome our drivers’ insufficient education, lack of common sense, and disregard for the rules and laws. 2) When events like the one mentioned above occur, the authorities should emphasize knowing the circumstances surrounding the tragedy to study them, analyze them, examine them and take the necessary measures so that those circumstances do not reappear and cause similar accidents. 3) Tourism is our golden cup, and we must take care of it. The transportation that moves through the tourist poles must be exceptionally qualified, both in the quality of the vehicles and in the experience and skill of the drivers. We must make use of modern technologies to, for example, monitor these vehicles and regulate their speed. 4) The authority must never relinquish its jurisdiction. For example, guilds and owners of tourist facilities are not there to set standards. The rules belong to the government authority.

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Paul Tierney
October 9, 2022 8:41 am

The accidents have not taught anybody anything! Unfortunately, the mass chaos on the roads will continue. Years and years of tragedies, very high death statistics, government hot air, and media comments to end the bloodshed have done nothing. This present tragedy will eventually be on the back pages and it will be back to be business as usual.

If the USA, Canada, and European Union issued a do not travel to the RD warning, maybe the RD government would put some bite in its traffic laws and upgrade roads and signage.

Haagen Dasz
October 9, 2022 4:18 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Very true. Maybe that will the governments attention. SEVERE and immediate punishment for the out of control maniac drivers. People can not think that obeying traffic rules is some type of jokes. Sad…

Haagen Dasz
October 9, 2022 11:11 am

This is so sad, what makes it even worse that this happens all the time.


Can nothing be done to control these careless dangerous drivers of trucks, buses, etc? This happens all over the county.

The Malecon (Ave George Washington) is like a monster raceway for trucks. Pedestrians are frightened to even walk on the sidewalks.

Driving so dangerous and careless. Really can nothing be done? There should be serious consequences for these drivers. Police needs to take action.

David Collado stated that he was shocked., don’t be shocked, politicians need to take IMMEDIATE action. Unfortunately this is nothing. Just take a look at where we rate on the annual traffic accidents fatalities score.


miro jereb
October 9, 2022 12:49 pm

This culture should start at schools…now they are all machos behind the wheel. They dont brake..but just blow horn. Motorists overtake left…right…and blow horns. Same with trash…They dont know they are ruining their own coutry with trash all over…Sad.

October 9, 2022 6:43 pm

It’s not drives fault …it’s those that have their backs covered by those they pay for protection ..Owners tell drivers ,drive as fastest you can ….we need another pick up and drop off …dump trucks too ,yellow buses …Monumental drivers are kamikaze on the road …
Nothing is going to change …water under the bridge …this is going to be swept away till next tragedy happens …Last years bus flipped on the highway with …bodies all over …in Bávaro alone you have minimum 3-5 people get killed in traffic accidents every week …Look at the guardrails …twisted steel ,pieces missing ,parts of of cars and motor bikes everywhere …Traffic ? light ? light Cabeza de toro intersection is so small ,and so high up that even giraffe ? can’t see …
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Platano Frito
August 8, 2023 10:06 pm

I’ve had several close calls here. sometimes after a close call i happened to be lucky enough to meet up with and talk to the other driver. its like looking into the eyes of a dead hamster, it just doesn’t register, there is nothing there. Just a glaze of uneducated arrogance and ignorance. nothing is ever their fault.