A survey by the transport ministry on its Facebook page showed that motorists think that the more imprudent persons on the highway are motorcyclists. They also are leading candidates for the morgue.
The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte is so alarmed at the number of motorcycle deaths that its workers issued a special bulletin Tuesday.
Of the 14 persons killed on the nation’s highways in October, six were on motorcycles, they said.
Last year 75 persons died while driving or riding on a motorcycle. That was 26 percent of the 287 highways deaths, the ministry said.
Of course, every motorist has seen the opportunistic way motorcyclists snake their two-wheeled vehicle through
traffic between lanes, alongside lanes and even sometimes on the sidewalk.
Motorcyclists are required to wear approved helmets and to wear reflective vests in the evening and night. Some motorcycle dealers give away helmets and vests with the purchase of a machine.
The ministry urged motorcyclists to use them. Silvia Bolaños, executive director of the Consejo de Seguridad Vial, said that many motorcyclists fail to wear the proper garb when they are going short distances. Accidents can happen anytime, and motorcycles are basically unstable and unprotected, she said.
Helmets can cur the possibility of death by 45 percent and can reduce serious injury by 65 percent,said the ministry.
Meanwhile, motorcyclists should be aware that being on such a vehicle increases the chance of death by 15 times, the ministry said.