The heads of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Romeo Herrera; and the Vice Minister of Transportation (VMT) Nelson Reyes, confirmed this Sunday afternoon, the installation of a vehicle control point on the highway to the Port of La Libertad, and there announced a plan to strengthen- on these controls with the goal of stopping the road. accidents. “Now we are conducting vehicle control to reduce accidents in our country. Accidents do not happen out of nowhere, they happen for a reason,” said Herrera, and announced that in addition to the controls they will implement . more efforts to weed out dangerous drivers who have already violated by applying tougher penalties. “Driver distraction is the main cause of traffic accidents on the road, it represents 25% of accidents,” said the head of the MOPT, pointing out that one of the reasons that is more heavily punished, such as driving while drunk, is not appropriate speed. , disrespecting road signs and regulations. Officials explained that in front of these factors that continue to cause accidents on the streets, they will start a national awareness campaign regarding this. “It is not enough. There are people who continue to die and have accidents on the roads, that is why we insist on inspection,” the head of MOPT reiterated. Herrera also pointed out the importance of expanding efforts that reduce accidents and “we have intensified controls. “We have 87% more breathalyzer tests and anti-doping controls than are done on the roads. ”
Distraction by cell phones in the spotlight
For his part, the Vice Minister of Transportation, Nelson Reyes, reiterated that they are strengthening the identification of irresponsible drivers who manipulate their cell phones while driving and that this distraction is the cause of terrible accidents. road accident. “This is one of the many controls that we have installed throughout the territory; our human talent is deployed to conduct preventive patrols and thus identify people who manipulate their cell phones while driving,” said Reyes, while motorists are asked to ‘avoid this type. of manners.’ Reyes insisted that the anti-doping controls allowed them to significantly reduce accidents involving drunk drivers, but for now the concern is also focused on distraction as the main cause of death on the roads.