The National Road Safety Authority (ANSR) stated that between 19 December and 2 January, there were more accidents compared to the same period last year.

According to ANSR, the increase in the number of accidents at Christmas and New Year resulted in a growth, compared to the same period of the previous year, in the number of fatal victims of 22.3% and in the number of accidents of 16.1%.

The 22 fatalities were caused by 21 accidents that occurred in the districts of Porto (5), Lisbon (4), Faro (3), Aveiro (2), Setúbal (2), Beja (1), Coimbra (1), Leiria (1) and Santarém (1), as well as in the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira, with one fatality each.

During the campaign, the authorities inspected 5.6 million vehicles and registered 51.4 thousand infractions.

According to ANSR, 23,100 records were registered in vehicles that circulated in excess of speed and 1,625 drivers had a blood alcohol level higher than the maximum allowed, which resulted in a total of 811 arrests, 124 more than in the previous year.