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After prohibition, São Paulo saves lives for 4 weeks

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the Folha de S. Paulo

The number of traffic deaths in the city of Sao Paulo last year reached its lowest level since 2004. There were 1,463 deaths, 6.6% to less than 2007, so a year in which the fleet rose 7%.

The reduction was caused mainly by the prohibition. In the first half, when was not in force, the drop was less than 1%.

In the second half (the new law went into effect on June 20), the reduction of deaths exceeded 12% during the same period of 2007.

It is as if the capital Sao Paulo had, after the ban on driving after drinking, a life saved in traffic almost every two days. Or almost four per week.

The statistics are part of general assessment of the CET (Traffic Engineering Company), based on indicators of IML (Instituto Médico Legal).

The decrease of the victims, however, still falls short of the impact after the implementation of the Brazilian Traffic Code and the review of speed by radar at the end of the 90s, when there was a yearly decline of more than 20%.

In this decade, the number of deaths in traffic has other variations, but not equal to the second half of 2008.

The bad news is on the riders, the only victims who have continued to rise in 2008. Although a lower pace than in previous years, deaths of occupants of motorcycles grew 2.6%.

Last year, the administration of Mayor Gilberto Kassab (DEM) has come to announce some measures to try to reduce accidents with bikes, but after just back negative.

The city tested a track exclusive to bikes in av. May 23. But, before the significant worsening of congestion, dropped the idea at the third day of testing.

The CET also announced that the movement of vetaria bikes on the track's express marginal Tietê, but retreated after protests motoboys.

The drastic increase in deaths of motorcyclists is more than a decade, linked to expansion of fleet and risk of such transmission.

The problem, which was cause for alarm by the WHO (World Health Organization), is subject to collection of experts in transit through the most drastic of the public.

Several measures have been suggested by staff, but not by consensus. Examples: creation of exclusive lanes for motorcycles and restriction of movement in these narrow corridors between the cars.

In 1997, motorcycles amounted to 7.5% of vehicles and 10.8% of deaths in transit. In 2008, 11.8% of the fleet and 32.7% of victims in road accidents.


Improving road safety in the city after the prohibition repeated trend of other indicators (such as the drop in hospital visits and deaths on the roads).

Experts are exceptions, however, the optimistic conclusions. They say the law only tends to have an impact where there is strict enforcement.

It is not for nothing that there are negative indicators, especially in the countryside, where the structure of policing and equipment is much worse.

In evaluating the technical, the benefits are not consolidated as a permanent trend, and there may be relaxation on the behavior of drivers.

Alexandre de Moraes, president of CET, attributes the drop in deaths to the law not only to drought as "increased supervision" by the company. Many of the radar, however, was out of operation at the end of 2008.

Source: Folha Online

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