Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Car crashes have claimed 263 lives so far

(Tico Times) - The number of people killed in motor-vehicle accidents from January to September reached 263 lives, eight more than the same period in 2007, according to the latest count by transport authorities.

The total is equal to about one person a day who dies on Costa Rica's roads. A considerable number are hit while running across highways.

While speeding is the most frequent cause of fatal crashes, killing 70 people so far this year, 47 crash victims were pedestrians, followed by 40 deaths caused by drunken driving, said a report released Monday by the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT).

MOPT describes the fallen foot-travelers as “reckless pedestrians” who refuse to cross where they're supposed to.

“What are passersby thinking when they decide to cross a highway without using the pedestrian bridge they have only a few meters away?” the ministry said in a press release.

Last month, seven pedestrians were killed after being hit by a car because of their own “recklessness,” according to MOPT.

The ministry only cites “reckless driving” as the cause in just one road death.

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