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During the weekend prior to carnival the authorities reported the flow to the interior of the country of more than 101,000 cars in addition to a figure of over 31,000 cars to Panama City. In that period, sanctions were imposed on 492 people for speeding.
In November 2017, the National Traffic Operations Directorate (DNOT) of the National Police reported between 160 and 180 road traffic accidents in Panama, in many cases minor collisions.
Recently the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Inec) published the figures of road traffic accidents that occurred between 2012 and 2016. In the first year (2012) 40,203 events were recorded while in 2016 the figure climbed to 55,486, of which 94% were collisions. In that last year, according to the Inec statistics, 447 people died.
The Transit and Land Transportation Authority is conducting a campaign on social networks for "responsible and tolerant driving". It also urges to respect the speed limits and to avoid driving under the influence; they recommend travelers in this carnival season to use "a designated driver".
Conductor: el alcohol reduce tu capacidad de atención y tu reacción antes los posibles imprevisto en tránsito.— AutoridadDelTránsito (@ATTTPanama) 10 de febrero de 2018
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