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56 Killed in Vehicluar Accidents in Chiriquí in 2008

Cars & TransportationBy Evelio Valdés for El Siglo - A total of 56 people have lost their lives in traffic accidents in the province of Chiriquí so far in 2008, the same number as in 2007, but authorities fear the tally might rise in the coming days as a result of the Christmas and New Years celebrations. Statistics from the Operations Directorate of the Ground Traffic and Transit Authority reveal that, through last weekend, the district of David registered the greatest number of victims with 13, followed by Barú with 10, Bugaba with nine, Alanje with seven and Boquete with five. Of the 56 deaths so far in 2008, 20 have been in collisions, 19 people were run over, 10 in single vehicle accidents, five in overturned vehicles, and two people who fell from moving vehicles. More accidents take place on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Tocumen Traffic Up 20% Over 2007

Cars & TransportationBy ROBERTO GONZÁLEZ JIMÉNEZ for La Prensa - Between January - September 2008 3.34 million passengers have used the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama, according to a report from the administration of the airport. This represents an increase of 564,000 more travelers, or an increase of 20% compared to the same time frame in 2007.
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New Lower Prices for Gas Starting on Saturday (Below $2.00 buck a gallon)

Cars & Transportation By RAÚL A. BERNAL for La Prensa - Starting this coming Saturday, with the implementation of new limits on gasoline prices, the price for 91 octane gasoline and diesel will be below $2.00 per gallon, although prices for 95 octane will be $2.08 per gallon in Panama and Colon. The government will make a definitive decision regarding fuel prices and the price limits in early 2009.
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And If The Guns Don't Get You, The Traffic Accidents Will

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The other side of the news today was about fatal traffic accidents. The driver of a garbage truck was killed in an accident near the bridge over the Río Camarón on the road leading to the Centennial Bridge after he lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Three others were injured. Another driver, this time of an 18 wheeler, was burned to death when his rig hit another truck on the Inter American Highway near El Gavilán de la Mesa, in the province of Veraguas. I've said it dozens of times - that the most dangerous thing you're likely to do while here in Panama is drive. Please, take it easy, drive defensively, slow down, buckle up, all that...

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Truck Loses Brakes on Norther Corridor - Hits 12 Cars

Cars & Transportation By William Sala for La Prensa - An 18 wheeler lost its brakes yesterday afternoon on the Northern Corridor, hitting 12 cars, among them the car of the Rector of the University of Panama Gustavo Garcia de Paredes. Police sources say no one was killed in this terrible accident.
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New Work Schedule for Panamanian Government - 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cars & TransportationBy Eliana Morales Gil for La Prensa - The Panamanian public sector workers will begin 2009 with a new work schedule. According to the Minister of Public Works Benjamín Colamarco, starting 2 January 2009 government institutions will work from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, in order to reduce vehicular traffic congestion on the streets of Panama City. He did not specify how long this new work schedule will be in effect.
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Panama's Copa Holdings reports November traffic

Cars & Transportation(COMTEX) -- Panama-based Copa Holdings SA has reported November 2008 traffic results for its operating subsidiaries, Copa Airlines and Aero Republica. Consolidated revenue passenger miles for the month rose by 12.4% compared to November 2007, while available seat miles increased by 13.5%, resulting in a load factor of 74.9%, a decrease of 0.7 percentage points. Revenue passenger miles for Copa Airlines for November 2008 showed an increase of 15.3%, while available seat miles grew by 17.1%, resulting in a load factor of 77.2%, a drop of 1.2 percentage points. Aero Republica's November 2008 revenue passenger miles decreased by 2.8%, available seat miles fell by 1.7% and the load factor dropped by 0.7 percentage points to 63.2%.
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American Pedestrian Dies in Traffic Accident (Take Two, Different Details)

Cars & Transportation By Carlos A. Rodríguez for La Critica - An American was hit and killed by a taxi last night on Vía España in front of the San Fernando Clinic in Carrasquilla. According to police sources the victim was Ronald Mairon, 64 years old, who was crossing the street in the crosswalk at about 9:00 pm when he was struck by a green Toyota Tercel taxi with license plate 8T-10475. The force of the impact of the collision reportedly threw the victim 20 meters into the air. The victim lives in Pennsylvania in the United States and arrived in Panama just recently. The driver of the vehicle, 29 year old Enrique Calderón was arrested immediately to begin the investigations into this case.
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American Pedestrian Dies in Hit and Run Traffic Accident

Cars & Transportation By Rubén Polanco for El Siglo - One car stopped to allow the American to cross the street, but another car did not stop and struck him as he tried to cross Via España using the crosswalk. The accident occurred at 8:10 pm on Sunday evening, 7 December 2008. American Ronald Byron, 62 years old, died after having been struck by a taxi on Sunday night near the bus stop in front of the McDonald's restaurant on Vía España. Byron entered the street to cross the road in the crosswalk. One car stopped to let him pass, but another that was coming in the next lane of traffic did not stop for the pedestrian and ran him over. Paramedics from the Denade ambulance from the Office of Social Security arrived to provide first aid but it was too late. He died at the scene, having suffered a broken arm and back as well as internal injuries. The taxi that hit Byron was a green Toyota Tercel with license plate 8T-10475. Byron's body struck the windshield of the taxi and was then thrown to the pavement. So far the driver has not been identified. Police sources indicate Byron was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So far this year 407 people have died in traffic accidents.
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Panama Gov. Will Pay $25,000 For Each "Diablo Rojo"

Cars & Transportation By Jessica Tasón and José Edwin Sánchez for La Critica - Members of the "Transportation Members Movement" described the government's proposal of $25,000 as an insult. The government will pay $25,000 as compensation to the owners of the 1,500 buses ($37.5 million dollars) currently circulating in the area of Panama City and announced the purchase of 420 buses, but that will be based on the selection of a contractor. In order to justify accelerating the purchase of the buses, the government declared a "state of emergency" and consequently the publication in the "Panama Compra" system announcing the call of the purchase of 420 buses will be reduced to only ten days. All of these measures were unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of the Ground Transportation and Transit Authority (ATTT) and comprise the "Process of the Administrative Rescue of the Panama City Public Transportation System." The offer of $25,000 dollars in compensation to the bus owners will be open for 45 calendar days during which time they will be able to voluntarily sign an agreement to participate. Nevertheless, the "Transportation Members Movement" has already rejected the proposal and announced they will present a counter proposal next week. Sergio Molina, a spokesman for the bus owners, said the offer of $25,000 per bus was an "insult."
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