MONTEVIDEO – The number of traffic fatalities in Uruguay fell 14.1 percent between Jan. 1 and Dec. 20, compared to the same period in 2015, reaching the lowest level in seven years, the National Highway Safety Administration said in a report released Tuesday.
During the period covered by the report, there were 71 fewer fatalities than a year earlier.
The number of people injured in traffic accidents dropped by 3,000, or 10 percent, to 27,115, compared to the Jan. 1-Dec. 20, 2015, period.
“The number of fatalities has been decreasing and there was a substantial drop this year,” National Highway Safety Administration chairman Gerardo Barrios said.
The mortality rate was 12.4 per 100,000 people in 2016, even lower than the goal set by officials early in the year in line with the United Nations targets for the 2011-2020 Decade of Action for Road Safety.
The mortality rate in Uruguay was 17.3 per 100,000 and the goal is to reduce the mortality rate to 8.5 per 100,000 by 2020.
Some 51 percent of fatalities in traffic accidents occurred in cities and 49 percent on national highways.
Motorcycle and bicycle riders, along with pedestrians, “are the most vulnerable” groups, accounting for nearly 70 percent of traffic fatalities nationwide and 90 percent in the cities, the report said.