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Traffic Safety Commission marks 50 years

By John McPhaul

On the occasion of the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Traffic Safety Commission (CST by its Spanish initials) held various activities this week in an exhibition at the Plaza Las Américas in Hato rey, which include the inspection and correct installation of infant protective seats, CST Executive Director Luis Rodríguez Díaz said.

The official highlighted the educational component of the entity and the commitment it has to helping citizens avoid crashes on public roads and to strengthening the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, as well as drivers and passengers, including the smallest. The exhibit continues at Plaza las Américas today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said road safety is paramount in his government platform and emphasized the importance of promoting a safe environment on public roads.

“I congratulate the CST on its 50 years,” Pierluisi said. “Road safety is extremely important to all of us and that is why as a government, in a joint and continuous effort with the CST and law enforcement agencies, we are constantly developing strategies so that drivers are aware of the great responsibility they have when they are behind the wheel.”

Rodríguez Díaz pointed out that since 1972 the CST “has advanced various educational efforts and made alliances with other agencies to fulfill the mission of preventing deaths on the island’s highways.

“Our responsibility to the people is to promote road safety and we are geared toward strengthening our programs to achieve the goal of zero deaths on public roads,” he said.

The exhibition also includes simulations with “fatal vision” glasses that show how eyesight changes when alcoholic beverages are consumed or marijuana is used. Also shown is the testimony of a survivor of a crash in which a drunk driver was involved.

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