Dominican Republic: Authorities made attempts to equip all motorcyclists with vests

President Luis Abinader announced, as part of his new citizen security plan, to lower the country’s crime rates. As of 1 June this year, all motorcyclists will be identified with individually numbered vests.

The objective is to “reduce” criminal activities committed by these vehicles.

“With this, we intend to reduce the number of those who use motorbikes without a license, and the criminal activities that in many cases are associated with their use,” was the phrase used by the president on one of the primary measures of the first phase of this plan disclosed last Monday.

However, even though the measure was seen as a novelty, several attempts had already been made during Danilo Medina’s administrations for this purpose. They even went so far as to be embodied in resolutions and laws that are still in force.


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