Saturday, January 03, 2009

1090 deaths make 2008 most violent year in a decade

(Inside Costa Rica) - Last year, 1.090 persons lost their lives in accidents and crimes making 2008 the most violent year in the last decade according to numbers released by the Costa Rican Red Cross.

The statistical report released a few hours after the beginning of the year indicates that there were 124 more violent deaths in 2008 over 2007 and an increase of 392 over 2002.

Johana Sanchez of the telecommunications office of the Cruz Roja added that August and December are the most critical months where more than three violent deaths are recorded daily.

Sanchez added that aquatic and traffic accidents claimed the majority of lives.

The report indicates that a total of 517 people lost their lives on the nation's roads from collisions and being run over by vehicles. However, the actual number of deaths is higher as the number only indicates those who died at the scene and not on the way to or later in hospital.

Miguel Carmona, president of the Costa Rican Red Cross, is urging everyone to be more responsible for their actions and well being.

The Costa Rican Red Cross report indicates that San Jose and Limon are the most dangerous provinces of the country with 150 and 49 murders, respectively. In contrast, the province of Cartago only registered three murders in all of 2008.

The statistics reveal that more men (941) than women (149) lost their lives violently.

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