Authorities at the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) are calling it an epidemic: as of December 30, a total of 452 people died in traffic accidents this year, the second consecutive year with such high numbers. With one day to go, the final number could be close or even surpass last year’s 456 traffic accident deaths.
A crash between a motorcycle and SUV on the Ruta 27 left two dead on Christmas Day.
In the last five years, almost 2,000 people have died in traffic accidents in the country.
The mortality rate due to road accidents went from 5.39 per 100,000 inhabitants to 9.16, between 2013 and 2016, but this figure takes into account only those who died at the scene of an accident and not those who