Colombia broke record in accident reduction in 2023

Colombia broke record in accident reduction in 2023
Colombia broke record in accident reduction in 2023

For the first time in four years In December 2023, Colombia registered a reduction in the final number of deaths from road accidents in the country. In fact, 2023 consolidated positive figures in terms of road safety, thanks to the different strategies implemented by the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV) with which they have managed to raise awareness and reduce the number of fatalities on the roads of the national territory. .

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In an effort to reduce the number of deaths in road accidents, the ANSV together with local and traffic authorities have carried out different measures in the country. As a result, and according to data from the National Road Safety Observatory (ONSV), the number of fatalities due to road accidents was 13 percentage points below the year 2022, taking as reference the increase in 2022 compared to 2021.

Likewise, the ONSV report revealed that 6 of the 12 months of last year (January, March, July, September and October) presented a significant reduction in the number of deaths from road accidents. In addition, it is the first time in four years that December registers a reduction in the final number of deaths from road accidents in Colombia.

For the ANSV, it is important to highlight that in December 2023 the reduction in road fatalities in the motorcyclists (-6%) It was even more forceful at the national level.

“Thanks to the timely interventions, the coordinated work with the entities of the transport sector and the local and departmental authorities, we managed to contain road fatalities in the country, we will continue working so that we arrive healthy, safe and secure at our homes. Today the message I want to give you is that We must continue to reduce these figures with the support of all of you, being tolerant, respecting traffic rules and reducing speed on the roads,” said Mariantonia Tabares Pulgarín, general director of the National Road Safety Agency.

On the other hand, the ONSV report showed that 18 departments and 17 capital cities managed to save more lives on the roads with a reduction in fatalities from road accidents in 2023, compared to 2022 figures.

Among the departments that stood out are Amazonas, with a decrease in fatality of 25 percent; Quindío, with 17.6 percent; and Boyacá, with 12.9 percent. For their part, the cities that reduced accidents the most were Manizales (19.2 percent), Armenia (20.6 percent) and Tunja (21.2 percent).

Greater citizen awareness

For the authorities, it remains regrettable that in 2023 The motorcyclist was the only road actor who recorded an increase in road fatalities in the country of 9 percentage points, which represents 62 percent of the total deaths between January and December.

In fact, although all other road actors registered reductions in the number of deaths from road accidents, motorcyclists lead the number of fatalities on the roads, which is why it is inferred that They are the only actor that marked the growth of deaths from road accidents in Colombia.

It is striking that road accidents are the leading cause of violent death in women, who generally die as passengers on a motorcycle driven by a young man. In addition, It represents the second cause of violent death in Colombia after homicide.

For this reason, the ANSV indicated that it continues working in pedagogy, to inform and raise awareness among citizens about the importance of compliance with traffic regulations.

In addition, carries out control tasks, not only in detecting the appropriate use of technologies, but also in the use of data, in order to establish where the greatest number of accidents are concentrated.

Finally, the ANSV highlighted the importance of continuing to generate alliances with the competent authorities of the prioritized territories, with comprehensive actions to promote better behavior and fewer deaths in road accidents.

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