3 People On Average Die On The Road Every Day in Costa Rica

Every day an average of 3 people die in traffic accidents, indicates the results of an analysis by the Comité de Medicina de Tránsito del Colegio, using the data of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) of the last 17 years.
In the last 7 years the country there was an increase of 3 deaths per year, if this is maintained, within 4 years there will be more than 1,000 deaths per year on the road.
The traffic accidents are the main cause of death in the population economically active, the study reveals.

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  1. I continue my tirade until someone in the media picks this story up & changes are made. THERE IS NO ONE PATROLING COSTA RICA’S ROADS! What causes traffic accidents/deaths? —

    1. Speeding
    2.Wreckless driving
    3. Failure to use directional
    4. Following too close.

    I am willing to bet that the number of tickets issued for these infractions is close-to zero. I have, however, witnessed accidents caused by Transitos stepping out from the bushes with their hands up to collect money & steal license plates. Traffic rules dictate that drivers separate from the car ahead by one car length per 10kph of velocity. Because of Costa Rica’s roads & the abundance of pedestrians/animals/potholes/bicycles I strive to keep even more distance between the car ahead—more for a truck where I cannot see ahead. But this safety practice is impossible because cannot tolerate a space in front of my car & will risk their lives & the lives of others to pack in front of me. Not only do Transitos not bother with these infractions, but they drive that way themselves.

    Recently in my area of Gte., someone has decided that speed is best controlled by speed bumps (muertos). Sometimes even ditches. They make these massive obstructions to traffic, put up a warning sign & paint them bright yellow. A month later the paint & signs are gone. I’ve witnessed cars with their undercarriages torn out & loaded dump trucks hit them so hard that their load spills all over the road. Certainly Government is pleased at the amount of money Transitos pull in, but someone should be charged with making our roads safe.

    I recently sat in traffic for hours coming home from Santa Cruz. When we were finally able to creep through, we counted 16 (sixteen) consecutive rear-end collisions of cars coming the other way—-all cause by cars driving bumper-to-bumper when the o

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