SAN SALVADOR – A total of 1,107 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in El Salvador during 2010, according to figures compiled by the police, who reported 19,000 road accidents in total, an 11 percent increase compared with 2009, the Diario de Hoy newspaper reported Sunday.
Buses were involved in 11 percent of the accidents in which about 900 people were injured, the deputy director of traffic for the National Civilian Police, or PNC, Cesar Flores Murillo, told the newspaper.
In 2010, police imposed more than 2,000 fines on public transport drivers for, among other things, driving with very loud music blaring, driving without the proper license and ignoring warning signs, Flores said.
The number of deaths “fell considerably” compared to 2009, the year in which 1,118 fatalities occurred on the country’s roadways, Flores said.
“We’re hoping that the support of the media will cause the public to reconsider, reflect upon and become aware not to abuse alcohol, or to speed, or to talk on the telephone while they’re driving,” Flores said.
Emergency management office chief Jorge Melendez told the daily that the number of people injured in road accidents “not only represents a considerable expense and trauma for their closest relatives, but also for the state, whose health system must cover the cost of their recovery.”