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ARGENTINA | 30-07-2018 18:03

54% of road traffic accident victims in BA City are aged below 35

Experts say that's because younger drivers are more likely to exceed the speed limit and/or drink alcohol above the legal limit. Many also use their mobile phones when driving, the organisation said.

More than half of the victims of road-traffic accidents in Buenos Aires City, injured or deceased, are under the age of 35, new data has revealed.

Statistics released by the Buenos Aires City Ombudsman’s office showed that 54 percent of victims injured or killed in road-traffic accidents in 2017 were young.

Of the 103 fatal cases recorded in 2017, 48 fell under the age of 35.

The data is based primarily on information from City Police records, though it was complemented by cases registered with the Emergency Medical Care System (SAME) and surveys of 13 City hospitals, the Noticias Argentinas news agency reported. 

According to the Ombudsman, 9,094 road-traffic accidents were registered in 2017, with 9,641 victims (injured or killed in the incident). Of those 103 suffered fatal injuries and passed away.

By way of comparison, nationally there were 2,181 deaths from road-traffic accidents in 2017 involving victims under the age of 35. A total of 1,192 of those were aged 15 to 24, while 989 were aged between 25 and 34 years old.

The Luchemos por La Vida NGO said recently that young people aged between 13 and 25 are three times more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers. Experts say that’s because younger drivers are more likely to exceed the speed limit and/or drink alcohol above the legal limit. Many also use their mobile phones when driving, the organisation said.

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