The Dangerous And Unregulated Roads Of Mexico

By 16 October, 2019

With roughly 40 fatalities each day due to speeding, drunk driving, and lack of traffic enforcement in Mexico, it’s clear that safety on the road is a countrywide issue. Whether it’s in the capital city or a small community, the streets of Mexico are considered to be the 7th deadliest in the world. Along with crime and violence, there are several factors that make Mexico’s roads particularly dangerous.

The problem with getting on the road

For many, getting on the road isn’t a problem throughout the country. In fact, amongst the main problems with road safety in Mexico are the drivers themselves, with several states granting driver’s licenses without even requiring a proper or formal driving test. While some might have obligatory courses or exams, they are usually passed with extreme ease, making it clear that many drivers may lack the essential knowledge of road safety. Obtaining a license is so easy in some parts of the country – including the popular tourist destination, Mexico City – that those who wish to have it only need to pay a fee. 

Loose regulations like these mean that nearly anyone can get on the road. In fact, in 2018, a woman who has a visual disability due to glaucoma was able to get her driver’s license with ease in the country’s capital – proving just how unregulated the driving laws can be. This can lead to drivers with little to no experience on the road, further leading to a disregard for pedestrians, other drivers, and laws – making it the perfect storm for problems like drunk driving and accidents.

Safety solutions

If you find yourself driving in Mexico, it’s important to take extreme caution and stay alert while on the road. Driving can be generally safe during daylight hours and when on the highway, though night and off-road driving aren’t recommended. If you do find yourself in a traffic dispute or accident, an auto accident lawyer can offer specific advice to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. 

While road safety and regulations across the nation haven’t been so great in the past, things are slowly but surely changing. For example, in the state of Jalisco, a combination of a road safety education program and enforcement has worked well, and reduced speed-related fatalities by up to 40% in just nine months. This proves that programs like these are a step in the right direction when it comes to combating traffic laws. 

With driving laws being loosely regulated in Mexico, it’s important to exercise caution and stay up to date on the local road safety. By driving during daylight hours and taking legal action when necessary, you can do your part to stay safe while on the road in Mexico.

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