TWO OVERNIGHT traffic deaths on January 15 brought Panama’s grim highway statistic so far this year to 48 with Carnival only days away.
The latest was in Albrook when a 30 year-old driver who lost control of his vehicle was killed. His passenger is in critical condition in hospital Santo Tomas.
The most deaths (13) were in the provice of West Panama, according to the National Traffic Operations Directorate (DNOT) indicate that it is in the province of West Panama.
Chiriquí is close behind with with 12 dead, Panama with 10 , Coclé with five cases, Herrera with three, Colón and Veraguas with two cases each and Los Santos with one victim.
In 2016, Panama headed the list with 129, Chiriquí with 77 and Panama West with 63 out of a total of 440. Up from 417, the previous year
Lieutenant Javier De Los Reyes, lieutenant of the DNOT, said that speeding, distractions like cell phones and drunk driving cause most accidents.while not using seat belts contributes to the death toll.
“People assume that the belts are only used in the front seats, but they should be used in all positions,” he said.
He added that not enough attention is paid to providing harnesses for children under seven.