Latest figures on Christmas accidents

According to the Emergency Operations Center (COE) the number of traffic accident deaths over the two-day Christmas break has increased to 24 and overall 281 people were affected.

COE director General Juan Manuel Mendez said that there has been a decrease of 7.7% in the number of deaths compared to last year. He went on to say that 76 people had alcohol poisoning, including nine minors. Another nine people suffered from food poisoning.

Overall there were 201 traffic accidents over the two days, half of which were motorcycle accidents and of the deaths 64% involved people riding motorcycles.

The accidents were fairly evenly spread throughout the day and night, with the highest number from 6pm to midnight and the provinces with the highest numbers of traffic accidents were Santo Domingo, National District, San Cristobal, Santiago, San Jose de Ocoa, San Pedro de Macoris and Maria Trinidad Sanchez.