Motorcyclists leave DR as a nation with people with disabilities

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A report in Hoy tells a sad truth. Polio is eradicated, but today motorcycles have replaced it as the new epidemic affecting especially young people. Motorcycle accidents have caused many more disabilities than polio in its worst days.

Dominican cities are not built for people with disabilities, leaving these people to fend for themselves or stay at home. The streets do not have ramps for better accessibility.

According to the Association of People with Physical-Motor Disabilities more than a million Dominicans today suffer from disabilities. Elías Modesto of Asodifimo says there are no guides to orient people on how to live with a disability.

According to the 2010 census, 12.4% of the population in the Dominican Republic has a disability. More than one million people. Traffic accidents have caused most of the physical-motor disabilities, says Rosalina Núñez, member of Asodifimo...

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PJT

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One would think these disabiltiy figures would be an incentive for the motoconchistas to operate with prudence. However, prudence is in very short supply. Life is cheap in the DR.

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PJT
 

JD Jones

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One would think these disabiltiy figures would be an incentive for the motoconchistas to operate with prudence. However, prudence is in very short supply. Life is cheap in the DR.

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PJT


I firmly believe 98% of younger guys have no idea of these statistics and do not look at any kind of informational/news website.
 

Yourmaninvegas

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Life is cheap in the DR.
This is so unfortunate.
But I have seen that it is true.
I have seen many motorcycle drivers operating as if they had not a care in the world.

But I was unaware of risk when I was young also.
And there were many times that I was operating a vehicle on at the edge of my skill level and thought I was going to die.
And I had a lot to loose and a bright future to look forward to back then.
So, this is not a pure 🇩🇴 issue.
It is an issue of youth and lack of opportunity.
So might as have fun right now.
 

Sailor51

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They don't care about statistics, only about showing how macho they are on their mechanical stallion.
You're right on with that. IF they get some kind of training, like on a 125 cc. job. They go out and get the biggest, baddest ride they can afford. Instead of saving up for the soon to come hospital bill.
 

DR fan1990

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These young guys dropping like flies with these bike crashes. Every month on my Facebook there is someone posting about their dead son, nephew or cousin who died stupidly.

Pretty sure they lower the average life expectancy figure for males in the country.
 

PJT

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I firmly believe 98% of younger guys have no idea of these statistics and do not look at any kind of informational/news website.
Younger guys know but don't care. If you overhear them talking trash with friends exchanging information about anything including what they saw or heard on their smart phones is that they do know what is going on. Nobody is going to tell them how they should operate their motos. Motos for them are for impressing girls, avoiding traffic backups, weaving in/out of traffic, having races, and making a few Pesos with as many passengers as possible at one time. "What me worry" They are invulnerable until an accident takes a life, leg, or arm.

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PJT