Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 20 August 2019 - The Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), is joining efforts to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries, and property damage in both countries.
Within the framework of a Country Cooperation for Health Development (CCHD) project, they will be exchanging information, skills, and experiences to strengthen the leadership capability of their road safety agencies and promote good practices for safe mobility.
The Dominican Republic has the highest traffic mortality rate in the Region of the Americas (34.6 deaths per 100,000 population) and one of the five highest in the world. In Costa Rica, the rate is 16.7 per 100,000 population, which is 1.1 percentage points above the regional average.
This two-year project is being implemented in the Dominican Republic by the National Institute of Land Transit and Transportation (INTRANT), and in Costa Rica by the Council for Road Safety (COSEVI).
The initiative has four pillars: improving the methodology and processes for data collection and analysis to ensure timely responses to road safety issues; using good practices to improve technical inspection of vehicles; designing and implementing strategies to promote safe mobility; and systematizing experiences.
The project was launched in Santo Domingo on August 19, followed by three 3-day workshops with key actors and authorities in the area of road safety.
During the launch, INTRANT’s executive director, Claudia Franchesca De los Santos, emphasized her agency’s commitment to establishing strategic partnerships to evaluate and implement good practices to help improve the country’s internal capacity for safety road.
Alma Morales, PAHO/WHO Representative in the Dominican Republic, emphasized the effort and commitment of staff members in both countries to promoting good practices for road safety. She added that “in this cooperation, both Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic want to share knowledge, skills, and expertise, meeting national targets through concerted efforts.”
Roy Rojas, COSEVI Projects Director, emphasized the need for a transition from road safety to safe mobility. He said the project seeks to save lives and reduce information gaps in both countries: “The future of both countries––their life expectancies––are being shortened by road traffic injuries. This is where we have to act in order to save lives.”
Participants in the launch also included the Executive Director of COSEVI, Edwin Herrera Arias, and the director of INTRANT’s Permanent Observatory on Safety Road, Hernán Paredes.
The Council for Road Safety (COSEVI) is the regulatory agency for road safety in Costa Rica, created by Law 6324 on Road Administration (24 May 1979) as a branch of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), with administrative autonomy and legal status. COSEVI’s objectives include promoting, financing, and inspecting interorganizational projects that integrate components of infrastructure, technology, education, health, and environment to foster a road safety culture.
INTRANT is the regulatory body that oversees land transportation in the Dominican Republic and implements the National Road Safety Plan. It has set the target of reducing the number of victims of traffic crashes by 30% by 2020. INTRANT is a decentralized government agency with legal status and administrative, financial, and technical independence. It is responsible for ensuring compliance with Law 63-17 on Mobility, Land Transportation, Transit, and Road Safety.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) works with the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the population. Founded in 1902, it is the world's oldest international public health agency. It serves as Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas and is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American system.