165 Collisions So Far During Carnival
Sunday, March 02 2014 @ 06:28 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
As of 4:00 pm yesterday there had been no reported fatalities in the areas covered by the COE, nor in reports from the Traffic Operations Center of the National Police.
It was reported that in 20 cases injured accident victims were treated by agents of the National Police (PN) and the Unified Ambulance Emergency Sume (911).
As of 6:00 pm yesterday about 56,000 vehicles had traveled to the interior from Panama City to different areas to enjoy the festivities.
Hundreds of people had to endure great traffic congestion that began at the Bridge of the Americas to Loma Cová in Arraiján, causing discomfort of the people traveling to Las Tablas, Chitre, Santiago, and other areas of the country.
As a measure to counteract the traffic jam, the direction of traffic flow on the PanAmerican Highway was reversed from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, starting at the former toll station in La Chorrera to the entrance of La Valdesa .
In the carnival celebrations, 117 cars were removed with tow trucks for various reasons, such as driving while intoxicated, not having insurance, or driving without a license.
Some 328 official cars were inspected, and 27 failed to comply with the provisions of Executive Order No. 124 of 27 November 1996 , which regulates the proper use, management , monitoring and recording of these assets, as reported by the direction of Supervisors General of the Comptroller General of the Republic.
According to the Fire Department of Panama (CBP) there were 38 reports of grass fires along the Pan American Highway. (Siglo)