Deaths From Traffic Accidents Decreased by 7.1% in 2023 Compared to 2022

By Karla Ramos  |  Jan 2nd, 2024

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) registered a total of 1,256 people who died due to traffic accidents throughout 2023, a decrease of up to 7.1% compared to 2022.

The transportation ministry reported a rise in both accidents and injuries in 2023; however, there was no increase in the fatalities resulting from these incidents.

“From January 1 to December 31, 2023, versus 2022, we have had a 7.1% reduction in deaths due to road accidents,” stated the head of Public Works, Romeo Rodriguez.

According to Rodriguez, there were at least 96 fewer deaths compared to 2022, going from an average of four people killed per day to only three. However, he acknowledged that the number is still high, and the challenge is to redouble efforts to reduce it further.

The decrease in traffic accident deaths is good news for the country; however, there were more accidents in 2023 than in 2022.

During 2023, a total of 18,463 traffic accidents were recorded; That is, 1,055 more than the 17,408 registered in 2022. That is an increase of 6% in said emergencies.

The number of injured people due to these accidents also grew, going from 10,384 in 2022 to more than 11,015 in 2023, an increase of 5.7%.

During the end-of-year festivities, authorities reported a 15% decrease in road fatalities, with 47 people dying.

Salvadoran authorities have increased their efforts to reduce traffic accidents. In 2023, more than 1,800 reckless drivers were arrested, 420 more than in 2022. This represented, according to Rodríguez, an increase of 28.9% in people arrested for driving while intoxicated.

From December 23, 2023 to January 1, 2024 there were 142 drivers arrested for being drunk, this means 78% more compared to 2022. Romeo Rodriguez.

To prevent accidents caused by drunk drivers and prevent fatalities, the Salvadoran Government implemented drunk driving checkpoints every day during December across the entire country.

El Salvador contends with a substantial challenge in the form of traffic accidents, significantly affecting road safety and public welfare. The frequency of accidents, especially during festive days, has been a problem in El Salvador, part of Salvadoran culture.