In total 115 people have lost their lives in road accidents
So far this year, a total of 115 people have died as a result of traffic accidents in Yucatan, of which 57, that is, almost 50 percent, have been motorcyclists, so it is necessary to take action to reduce the rate. of accidents that occur on the different highways of Mérida and the interior of the state.
René Flores Ayora, traffic engineer and road safety auditor for the National Center for Accident Prevention (Cenapra), commented that after the motorcyclists, 14 of the deceased (12.1 percent) have been travelers or companions; 17 drivers (14.7 percent); 7 cyclists (6 percent) and 20 pedestrians (17.3 percent).
He warned that just as the number of deceased motorcyclists has increased, so has that of pedestrians, for which he pointed out that it is important to have empathy with them and with cyclists since they are people who do not have a “steel armor ” that protects them compared to a motorist, in the event of a road accident.
In an interview with Novedades Yucatán, the traffic specialist considered that it is important to reinforce the road safety of each person, regardless of whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, or motorists.
“In the case of motorcyclists, it is very important that they turn on their lights at night, that they wear a safe and DOT-identified helmet, that they wear a vest or light clothing so that they can be seen and above all respect the speed limits and go in a single lane direction, that is the key”, he pointed out.
And regarding respect for speed limits, the road safety auditor recalled that it is 20 km/h in schools and hospitals; 30 km/h in the Historic Center and its neighborhoods; 50 km/h on the avenues; and 80 km/h on the roads of the peripheral ring of Mérida.
Also, he pointed out that when going out on the road, both the driver and his companions must have their seatbelts fastened, and no smoking or looking at their cell phones.
“Another recommendation is that if you are going to drive, turn on your lights so that whoever is in front knows that there is a vehicle coming and that translates into greater road safety,” he shared.
Finally, he recalled that the World Road Safety Week took place, from May 15 to 21 and is promoted by the United Nations Organization, with the purpose of making people reflect on the way to move, and avoid a paradigm shift in terms of mobility in the state of Yucatan.