In a statement, the Public Security Police (PSP) highlighted that between January 1 and March 15 of this year, according to provisional data, 9,716 accidents were recorded, 2,941 more than in the same period last year, corresponding to an increase of 43.4%.

Between those dates, 12 fatalities were recorded, two less than in the same period last year.

As for accidents with victims, the PSP recorded a 45.5% increase in the number of accidents, compared to the same period last year, with the number of minor injuries having increased significantly (+904).

The PSP also adds that in the same period, 5,059 accidents were recorded with only damage, while in the same period 7,220 were registered, an increase of 42.7%.

The PSP stresses that “it will continue to monitor risky behaviours of drivers, especially those behaviours that have a high prevalence and greater impact on road accidents, namely, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, misuse of mobile phones and failure to use (or misuse) seat belts and restraint systems.”