Lima, December 27, 2020Updated on 12/27/2020 12:59 pm
Colonel Oljer Benavides Ponce de León, head of the Traffic Accident Prevention Division of the National Police of Peru (PNP), reported that the number of cyclists killed due to traffic accidents increased in 2020, the year in which The use of this means of transport has increased due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
In statements to the Andean Agency, Benavides indicated that in January to November 2020 there were 15 fatal bicycle accidents throughout the country. In all of 2019 there were only 8.
He specified that these accidents are part of the 765 fatal accidents involving minor vehicles such as bicycles, motorcycles, motorcycle taxis and tricycles.
“All those who use public roads, be they pedestrians, drivers of motor vehicles and bicycles, should know that they cannot do it anywhere. And if it is by bicycle, they must be more careful“, he pointed.
“There are many who have lost their jobs; those who are in the restaurant business have bought their motorcycles to distribute delivery, but since they do not know the traffic regulations, accidents occur”, He added.
When asked about the main reasons for the accidents, he indicated that investigations have determined that many of the cyclists involved in a traffic accident were going the wrong way or crossing the avenues at red light.