QCOSTARICA – Every 6 minutes the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) attends a traffic accident, that totalled 41,779 in the first half of the year: an average of 10 accidents an hour, 231 a day.
The Director de la Policía de Tránsito, Mario Calderón, says most of the accidents arise from the negligence, carelessness, road rage of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists, day and night.
The director emphasized that in many cases accidents occur due distractions, drivers talking on the phone or to passengers, a momentary loss of concentration. In other cases, slamming on the brakes results in many rear-end collisions, this because many drivers don’t maintain a proper distance.
Other dangerous driving practices include trying to squeezing through narrow spaces, such as in traffic congestion, mostly due to lack of courtesy among drivers, motorcyclists zigzagging through traffic and pedestrians refusing to use the overpasses.
When an accident occurs, no matter the cause or the seriousness, given the small size of the traffic police force and the time to collect all the pertinent information, there is a lag time response, especially in peak hours, which in the Central Valley could be said to be from 6:00am to 7:00pm weekdays,
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