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Peruvians least law-abiding in the region, says new survey
By Manuel Vigo
May 10, 2012
Peru has the least law-abiding citizens in Latin America, according to a new survey carried out by Latinobarómetro.
According to El Comercio, the study found that the majority of Peruvians think their fellow citizens don’t comply with the country’s laws. The country was ranked last on a list of 18 Latin American countries.
According to Latinobarómetro only 12 percent of respondents believed Peruvians abide by the law. Bolivians ranked second to last, with 16 percent, slightly below Mexico, with 19 percent.
Uruguay was ranked first on the list, with 54 percent of those surveyed saying their fellow citizens complied with the law. El Salvador and Panama tied in second, with 44 percent each, followed by Chile with 42 percent. The study surveyed 19 thousand people across the region.
However, 65 percent of Peruvians surveyed said they believed the government could resolve the country’s crime.
The study also found that Peru had the second highest rate of people reporting crimes.
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Total coments: 14
Commented By: Dennis
On: May 10, 2012. 11:25 am
Peru is probably last in the world in obeying traffic laws if they took that survey
Commented By: wizzardsway
On: May 10, 2012. 3:22 pm
Peru has traffic laws. Only on the drivers exam.
Commented By: JulianWalter
On: May 10, 2012. 4:33 pm
"However, 65 percent of Peruvians surveyed said they believed the government could resolve the country’s crime." It's not up to the government, its up to parents who should educate their children in what is right and wrong, not how to evade the law, or be 'vivo' which seems to be the case in Peru. It will never change until the education system improves.
Commented By: Hipolito
On: May 10, 2012. 6:44 pm
Traffic laws are one thing, accidents are another. Nobody wants one, no matter what the laws are. A more interesting survey would be the amount of deaths, injuries and property damage. Peruvians are crazy drivers, but they're also defensive.
Commented By: jimmyjames
On: May 10, 2012. 10:58 pm
A WHOPPING 19,000 surveyed throughout Latin America??? Just ask ANY 15 gringos who live in Miraflores and you will get a 100% answer. Peru has a drivers exam!?!?! I must say that even though there is no law on the road, it is true that there are few accidents and even very little road rage. He who posseses the space first wins!
Commented By: jimmyjames
On: May 10, 2012. 11:07 pm
OR.... did I mean 0%
Commented By: anayafama
On: May 11, 2012. 12:19 am
Peruvians have many things to be proud of, such as our renowned landmark in Cuzco, typical food and dances, landscapes, etc. In contrast, Peru has something to be deeply ashamed of: their reckless drivers causing traffic jams, accidents, injuries and deaths. Nevertheless, there are several things that can be done to prevent this reprehensible situation: among others, harsher punishments, building more roads (there are too many vehicles in Lima), etc. But above all, educating our children at home and school about responsibility and respect for others setting the example, of course.
Commented By: luiscoloma
On: May 11, 2012. 11:20 am
All of you guys are right. But you must add that police is not respected and they are not enforcing the laws. When they do they are after "coima".
Commented By: Stella T.
On: May 11, 2012. 4:16 pm
The Latinobarometro Survey...I used data from that survey to write my masters thesis. It would be interesting to do a longitudinal study of this question. If I remember correctly, when I was in grad school 3 years ago, Bolivia and then Ecuador were the least law-abiding countries in Latin America.
Commented By: Eric T.
On: May 11, 2012. 11:20 pm
When has a Spaniard ever governed them selves. No country they have is advanced.
Commented By: Norberto Alonso
On: May 12, 2012. 9:35 am
ha ha peruvians don't respect traffic laws? they dont respect ANY laws,they're selfish and just to themselves...come on gringos, stop being nice or naive...Peru is a mess from government all the way to the next door neighbor...I'm glad I don't live there anymore.
Commented By: R Speller
On: May 13, 2012. 10:13 am
Well said Norberto, Peruvians are very selfish there is no sense of community or shared values. But this comes from the top down.
Commented By: jimmyjames
On: May 14, 2012. 8:00 pm
The "have not's", 85%, do have "shared values and sense of community". The problem is the "HAVE'S"!!!!!!
Commented By: Gringo snowbird
On: May 15, 2012. 10:46 pm
Pedestrians get no " right-of-way" respect in Peru. They have to get on the Offense and make drivers scared of them....letting them pass when the walkers are in a crosswalk. In the USA..drivers get fined by the police if they don't yield to pedestrians.
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