Traffic deaths reported to be 11 percent fewer than 2012

Last year closed with 294 road deaths, and highway officials are reporting that the toll was 11 percent lower than the 330 who died in 2012.

Some 34 of the deaths took place in December, said the Ministerio de Obras Pública y Transportes. That was nearly a record for the month.

The road toll is not complete because the statistics only count those persons who died at the scene of an accident. Those who died later in a hospital are not counted.

Still, the ministry said there was a 43 percent reduction in the number of fatalities due to drunk driving with just 22 cases.

In all 88 motorcyclists or passengers died in the year as well as 59 pedestrians. That’s 50 percent of the death toll.

Traffic officials credited various educational programs and traffic police for the reduction.

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