Published On: Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

Deadliest week on the Mérida-Cancún highway

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Last week was one of the deadliest weeks ever recorded on Yucatecan highways, with a total of 13 traffic-related deaths. There have been 189 people killed in traffic accidents so far this year; 18 people died within the first two weeks of July.

MÉRIDA– According to El Diario de Yucatán newspaper, among the 18 traffic-related victims who have died in the month of July, just two were from other parts of the country who came here on vacation. According to statistical data, 40% of the victims have been motorcyclists; 30% traveled by car; 20% traveled by bicycle, and 10% were pedestrians. Traffic-related deaths have increased 30% this year over those recorded in the same period of 2016.

It is estimated that during this past week, every 12.9 hours the ministerial authorities were requested to assist on a traffic accident where a person died. The road with the greatest number of accidents is the Mérida-Cancún highway, where just during this week it has taken five lives. 

Traffic-related deaths have increased a 30%.
Photo: El Diario de Yucatán

It is followed by the Periférico de Mérida, and the Mérida-Campeche, Mérida-Tizimín and Mérida-Progreso highways. The main causes of these accidents have been: going over the speed limit; driving while being tired or under the influence of alcohol; being on the phone, and mechanical failures.

The SSP and the Federal Police indicated that roadblocks will be reinforced more than they currently are. They assured that the operations are in force throughout Yucatecan territory, and more than 7,500 policemen are participating.

SOURCE: El Diario de Yucatán

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