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Beware the dangers of traveling on Merida’s ‘Periferico’

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Pedestrians do not use overpasses and drivers do not respect speed limits….

MERIDA — Speeding and lack of precaution have been constants in the accidents that have occurred in the Merida Peripheral road. So far this year there have been at least 15 deaths, said the engineer of  National Transit Auditor of Accident Prevention, René Flores Ayora.

He said that at least 55 motorcyclists, 25 cyclists, 32 passengers, 15 drivers and 33 pedestrians have lost their lives so far this year on Yucatan highways. The main causes are high speed, recklessness and alcohol consumption.

(Photo: La Verdad)

“The figure of 160 dead is similar to last year, so it is important to take other measures to prevent these tragedies from continuing to happen,” he said.

The peripheral ring of the Yucatecan capital has a daily vehicular traffic of 150 thousand vehicles, which increases up to 20% in the holiday seasons; it is one of the busiest roads in the state, says the Public Security Secretary.

According to the statistics of this unit, the “Periferico” witnesses from 5 to 8 accidents per day.

The Speed limit in Merida’s Peripheral road is 80 to 90 km/h (Photo: Google)

It has a length of 49.5 kilometers, with two types of traffic: interior, where the cars cross in the opposite direction of the clock, and outside, in the opposite direction to the first.

The high vehicular flow of the peripheral road is considered in the scale of transit A ​​and B, that is to say, it still lacks much to reach a saturation F, as it could be in Mexico City.

Usually the peak hours are from 7 to 8 am, from 1 to 3 pm and from 5 to 7 pm. The east and northeast are the zones with the highest traffic rate as a result of the universities that are located there.

On the Periferico, it is common for cyclists and tricycles to travel, which frequently go in the opposite direction, or they cross in an unexpected way, a situation that has had fatal consequences.

Source: laverdadnoticias.com

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