Dominican Republic launches Road Safety Plan with the objective of reducing traffic fatalities and injuries by 50%

The Instituto Nacional de Tránsito y Transporte Terrestre (INTRANT), with the support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), launched the Plan Estratégico Nacional para la Seguridad Vial de la República Dominicana (PENSV) 2021-2030 with the objective of transforming the road scenario by reducing road fatalities and injuries by 50%.

Composed of the strategic axes of institutionalism, mobility, education, enforcement, care and information, with their respective objectives, it was developed with a ten-year execution projection.

“Estimates for the Dominican Republic establish that 9 people, generally young people, die daily on the roads and keep it with the highest mortality rate in the Americas (behind St. Lucia, an island with 13,000 inhabitants) with a rate of 34.6 deaths/100,000 inhabitants”, said the PAHO/WHO representative in the country, Olivier Ronveaux, who gave the opening remarks, saluting the intense intersectoral work carried out.

During the launching of PENSV the executive director of INTRANT, Rafael Arias, said that after ten months of work that involved 13 institutions sitting at the table achieving a consolidated strategy with the purpose of transforming the road safety situation in the country.

“Today with much enthusiasm we celebrate the result of what is a true teamwork, in which the institutions involved together with INTRANT, with much effort have made their own the cause of saving lives, through lines of action that seek to reduce road accidents and their disastrous consequences in the country,” said the executive director of INTRANT.

He also emphasized that the PENSV is aligned with the United Nations (UN) Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, and was supported by the WHO, through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The state institutions of the Dominican Republic that worked together with INTRANT in the preparation of the PENSV are the Ministries of Public Health, Education, Public Works and Communications, Interior and Police, Economy, Planning and Development; as well as the Attorney General’s Office, the General Directorate of Internal Taxes, the DIGESETT, the National Health Service, the Dominican Municipal League, the Dominican Federation of Municipalities and the 9-1-1 Emergency Attention System.

 

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