Working Together to Reduce Speeding

Working Together to Reduce Speeding

On one of the most dangerous roads in El Salvador a school joined forces with a team of traffic cops with only one objective: to avoid tragedies due to high speed on one of the most dangerous roads in El Salvador. In 2014 and 2015 two students of the Simón Bolívar National Institute were killed trying to cross the Comalapa Highway.

That's why in the mornings Joel Sandoval, the director of the institute, supervises his students as they walk into and out of the school to ensure that they use the only safe walkway in the area. Road safety and speeding are core topics for classes in this study center. The center hosts group discussions and road education courses to help road users understand how to avoid tragedies.

Meanwhile, just outside the Simón Bolívar National Institute, at kilometer 17 of the Comalapa Highway, Sergeant Domingo Barahona points his laser gun and finds that in most cases the speed exceeds the limits allowed.

I met these groups and this is their story, they continue to collaborate whilst waiting for new laws and traffic calming measures to be put in place.


About Ricardo González Lara


Ricardo Gonzalez has a degree in communications and public relations at the Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador. He has 12 years of experience in written and broadcast journalism. He currently hosts the morning news programme at Telecorporación Salvadoreña, a prominent television station in El Salvador.

He specializes in investigative journalism with a focus on health, road safety, and economy. His work also , includes international coverage in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Brazil. In 2013 he received an award from the Association of Journalists of El Salvador for the series "The human right to water" and in 2014 and 2015 received awards from World Vision for his coverage of children in El Salvador.

Ricardo participated in several road safety fellowship programmes for journalists organized by the World Health Organization.