Mendoza is the only province without zero tolerance where fatal accidents increased, according to the Nation

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However, according to the data provided by the Directorate of Road Statistics -a national organization-, the province is the only oneamong those named, which did not reduce road accidents with fatalities.

In 2022, Mendoza registered 108 deaths in road accidents and, a year later, the figure increased to 111. Official data showed that there was a 3% increase, according to the report presented by the Chief of Staff.

On the other hand, CABA reduced the number of deaths in road accidents by 34%, Santa Fe 16%, Corrientes 11%, Misiones 4% and San Juan 1%.

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Last Thursday, the driver of a Renault Duster died on Route 153 in Las Catitas after colliding with a truck. In the first 131 days of this year, 75 people have died in road accidents.

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The provinces that adhered to zero alcohol lowered the percentage of deaths the most

Continuing with the report provided by the national government, it appears that among the provinces that reduced the mortality rate Those that did adhere to the zero alcohol law were more effective.

In 2023, of the 24 jurisdictions, 15 decreased deaths from road accidents compared to 2022. Of them, 10 joined and 5 do not. But performance Of those that do have zero alcohol and fatal accidents decreased, it was higher than those that did not.

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Specifically, those that they adhered to national law Deaths decreased on average by 21.40%while those that don’t They accepted the zero alcohol law only 13%.

In the case of those that joined and reduced are: San Luis (-32%), Formosa (-30%), La Pampa (-29%), Jujuy (-25%), Chubut (-23%), Santa Cruz (-22%), Neuquén (-17%), Tucumán (-15%), Santiago del Estero (-11%) and Catamarca (-10%).

Eight provinces adhered to the zero tolerance law and increased accident rates

On the other hand, there are those provinces that joined and, in the same way, increased the number of deaths in traffic accidents. This is the case of Buenos Aires (2%), Córdoba (3%), Entre Ríos (8%), Chaco (8%), Río Negro (11%), Salta (13%), La Rioja (18%) and Tierra del Fuego (25%).

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Mendoza increased alcohol controls on the streets by 20%

“We climb 20% breathalyzer controls in the streets of Mendoza compared to last year,” said the Minister of Security Mercedes Rus. His statements came after the province was shocked by the incident of transit in which a person completely drunk He ran over two people and killed them. “Those who drive like this have contempt for human life,” the official said.

The controls multiplied in the province if the January-April 2023 section is compared with the same period but in 2024, already with Rus at the head of the portfolio that he commanded until December Raúl Levrino. At least that’s what the official figures say, which came under scrutiny not only with the episode starring Hugo Rodriguez (who ended the life of a police officer and a preventer), but with all the cases of deaths due to accidents that there have been this year.

According to the statistics kept by Diario UNO, there are already 75 deaths in just four months and at least six of those deaths had alcohol as one of the possible causes: Ana Choque, at the beginning of February (witnesses say that whoever ran her over, in addition to being drunk, abandoned her); Jorge Avila (he was accompanying his friend, drunk according to the report, and they collided); Raúl Escudero and José Morales (they were attacked by someone with 2.14 blood alcohol) and finally the victims of the South Access this Friday: Santiago Velázquez and Leonardo Alarcón.

“86% of the people we test are within the legal limits; that is one of the important data to take into account,” said Rus, invited to the Channel 7 Central News.

“The serious one, which is the driver who has more than one gram of alcohol per liter of blood, is 9% of those who are analyzed,” he stated, noting that it is the smallest part of the universe of people who undergo a test. breathalyzer or its recently incorporated pair: the allometer (which does not detect a number but simply whether you are sober or drunk).

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A shocking case: drunk motorist killed a preventer and a police officer in the South Access

While the operation of a shock which involved 8 cars in the South Accessa motorist drunk He passed at full speed and ran over a traffic police officer and two police officers. One of them and the uniformed man died. He fatal accident It occurred during the night of Friday, May 3.

The drunk driver had 2.68 grams of alcohol in his blood (the maximum allowed for non-professional drivers is 0.5 grams), as officially reported.

One of the fatal victims, who died instantly, was identified as Santiago Velázquez (23)who worked in the Transit Directorate of the Municipality of Godoy Cruz.

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It was later confirmed that the injured officerthe chief officer Leonardo Alarcón Quiroga (35), also passed away at the Central Hospital, where he had been transferred with a reserved prognosis. His portable radio had been embedded in the engine of the Ford EcoSport that hit him.

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