New report from the World Health Organization, the Global status report on road safety. And that report shows that as a pedestrian you are in constant danger in our country. Of all the traffic deaths in Panama, 46% are pedestrians, and that is high. Not as high as Peru, with 78%, but still significantly higher than neighbors Costa Rica with 33.1% and Colombia with 33.6%.
So why is that? Well, one reason is impunity. If you're connected in Panama, you just run over people for fun, like that bitch Sherina Latorraca did. Another reason is that Panamanians can't drive, as anyone knows, which is not really a surprise in a country where you just buy your drivers license instead of earning it. Then, it's with the cars as with the shipping registry: any old rust bucket can get a certification, and have a nice trip. Even the police cars in this country fall apart and are driven by gorillas. Also, sidewalks and such are often absent or the sort of death traps you have to avoid altogether.
Last but not least: The authorities don't like pedestrians. They prefer you take a cab, or buy a car from one of their friends. If you want to walk, go to a mall!