Motorcyclists violating traffic laws are a national epidemic; yet, politicians are on their side

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Call motorcyclists the plague or just people commuting and earning a living. Whatever, the unchecked proliferation of motorcyclists on the road violating traffic laws has reached epidemic proportions.

The motorists again made frontpage headlines and became the trending topic when an answer by President Luis Abinader to the question as to when the government would begin to regulate motorcyclists led to fake news being disseminated in these days of the final stretch of the presidential elections. Abinader spoke of his government issuing new license plates (placas) to the motorcyclists because the previous ones were not readable. But this was disseminated in the fake news that said the President had called the motorcyclists “the plague” (plaga). The motorists took offense; politicians took their side.

In an editorial in Diario Libre, managing editor Benjamin Morales makes the...

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CristoRey

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Motos are a part of the fabric of the DR.
The way Dominicans drive them is part of the fabric of the DR.
It will not change in our lifetime so get used to it.

I'm more concerned about the tax proposals they keep putting
off talking about. I expect to hear a lot more about these proposals
once Luis secures his second term in office.
 
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josh2203

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Motos are a part of the fabric of the DR.
The way Dominicans drive them is part of the fabric of the DR.
It will not change in our lifetime so get used to it.
Absolutely correct. POP was recently criticized for traffic due to the motorcycles. I complain about those, my wife does as well. Truth is, as far as I can see though, that those motores are what drive or make a city a city like that function for a decent part.
 
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To a degree I give the motos a pass. Many are trying to hammer out a living, making deliveries and getting to service jobs. Many support an entire family hustling deliveries. I wish they would focus on mufflers and the sidewalk drivers. Thailand has much more motos however they have mufflers for the most part.
 

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This suggestion will not cure the moto plague. However, if and when a moto operator is without documents, insurance, or helmet is involved in an accident, whether his fault or not, he should not be able to collect compensation from the other motorist(s) pockets, other motorist insurance, and/or government. Then... they are on their own to pay their way out of a mess, no government assistance. This may act as a device to get some of them, but not all, to obey the laws.

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PJT
 
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Each time they honk a small electric shock should be administered. For every beep-beep. This will quiet the dumb males drivers.
 

CristoRey

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However, if and when a moto operator is without documents, insurance, or helmet is involved in an accident, whether his fault or not, he should not be able to collect compensation from the other motorist(s) pockets, other motorist insurance, and/or government.
Learned behavior.