This Friday, January 21, the National Road Safety Observatory in its accident balance announced that in Colombia, during 2021, 7,270 people died in traffic accidents.
According to the observatory report, 2021 was the worst in the last three years in terms of the rate of deaths in road accidents, since it exceeded 5,458 in 2020 and 6,633 in 2019.
Of those who died last year, 4,312 were motorcyclists, 1,566 pedestrians, 852 vehicle users and 471 cyclists. The figure leaves the authorities and the national government in a bad light, which last year committed to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations to “reduce by 50% the deaths and injuries caused by road accidents for the year 2030″.
The increase in deaths was 33.20% compared to the 2020 figures, which translates into 1,812 more people who died in traffic accidents.
“From the national government we will continue working to safeguard the lives of Colombians on the roads. Our call is to prevention, to respect speed limits, traffic signs, not to drive under the influence of alcohol and to act responsibly with others”, the director of the National Road Safety Agency, Luis Lotta, told the newspaper El Tiempo.
According to the collision matrix of the report of the National Road Safety Observatory, of the total number of deceased motorcyclists, 22%, 970, collided with a fixed object, “which can be attributed, among other variables, to failures when maneuvering this type of vehicle.”
The report further noted that During 2021, 599 motorcyclists lost their lives due to speeding, which continues to be one of the three main causes of road accidents in Colombia, followed by disrespect for traffic signs and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Likewise, the report detailed that 39%, 615, of pedestrians died due to a cause associated with a motorcyclist, while 27%, 98, of cyclists died when colliding with an individual transport vehicle.
Barranquilla, during 2021 registered 102 deaths in traffic accidents, which means an increase of 5.15% compared to the 97 deaths reported in 2020.
In Cartagena, 128 deaths were reported in traffic accidents, which represents an increase of 26.73% compared to the 101 deaths registered in 2020.
In Medellín, 246 fatalities were reported in traffic accidents, which represents an increase of 28.80% compared to the 194 deaths in 2020.
In Cali, 285 fatalities were reported in traffic accidents. This is the only one of the five capital cities that registered a reduction, since in 2020 319 people died in road accidents. The reduction in the fatality of these accidents was 10.66%.
The city with the most traffic accidents in 2021 was Bogotá, which registered 497 people died in road accidents, which represents an increase of 24.56% compared to 2020, when 399 people died.
On the other hand, the departments that presented more deaths due to traffic accidents were Antioquia, with 949 deceased people; Valle del Cauca, with 836 deceased people; Cundinamarca, with 559 deaths, Bogotá DC, with 497 deaths, and Santander, with 402 deaths.