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29 de Feb de 2020

Nacional

16 killed in month of May

PANAMA. The number of people who have lost their lives on the roads in May has climbed to 16, in comparison with the same month last ye...

PANAMA. The number of people who have lost their lives on the roads in May has climbed to 16, in comparison with the same month last year when seven people were killed.

People being hit by cars is the most common cause of death and they occurred according to the police, because they are not paying attention when crossing the roads.

The police have launched a campaign to educate pedestrians, especially in the interior where people tend to cross the road rather than use the pedestrian bridges.

As a way to reduce accidents and fatalities on the road, the police have mounted a series of road blocks to detain drivers who are breaking the law.

Last weekend the National Police issued 2083 traffic tickets 1481 in the Panama province and 602 in the interior.

Speeding was the most common infraction with 502 fines imposed and 152 vehicles were towed after it was found that drivers were drunk or did not have their paperwork in order.

Tickets were given to 59 drunk drivers, also resulting in the immediate removal of the vehicle and a hefty fine.

The number of collisions has gone down by 0.5 percent, but the figures are higher in respect of crashes that went up by 0.5 percent.