More than 2,600 road accidents in first two months of the year

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 28-05-2021 01:00:00 · 6 Comments

The 2,674 road accidents that occurred in the first two months of the year caused 34 deaths and 163 serious injuries, registering a sharp decline in all indicators of accidents compared to the same period in 2020, indicated the Road Safety on 25 May.

The National Road Safety Authority (ANSR) released the 24-hour accident and road surveillance report for February, which coincides with the second month of the general confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on circulation because of the state of emergency.

In the first two months of the year there were 2,674 accidents with victims on the mainland, resulting in 34 deaths, 163 serious injuries and 2,981 light injuries, according to ANSR.

"The figures show an improvement in the main accident indicators compared to the same period in 2020: there were 2,417 fewer accidents with victims (-47.5 percent), 19 fewer fatalities (-35.8 percent), 143 fewer serious injuries (-46.7 percent) and 3,141 fewer light injuries (-51.3 percent)," the document said.

ANSR reports that despite the reduction in the number of disasters, the accident severity index was higher than in the same months of 2020.

According to the February report, collision was the most frequent type of accident, although the highest number of fatalities and serious injuries resulted from off-road accidents.

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The worst offenders are elderly people, from what I can see. Usually they turn and never signal. Annoying when you're waiting on an approaching car at a junction, and had you known, you could have driven off earlier. Also, I see them regularly straddling the middle of the road, preventing me from over-taking. Note to them: you are meant to drive on the right side of the road, not in the middle of it!

By Billy Bissett from Porto on 30-05-2021 05:59

I agree - I have been driving over 40 years and have never seen such careless, reckless driving. And ironically, you need 32 hours of driving lessons to get a license here - what are they teaching? The best way to run a person down or cross three lanes to make a turn or cut another car off while driving above the speed limit?

By lisa olmstead from Lisbon on 28-05-2021 05:16

Totally agree with both, living in Australia for 13 years now and every time I go back to albufeira I'm shocked with reckless drivers, in the Territory I live we say every life is important, we have very little fatalities and still not long ago we had open speed limit, but the authorities patrol to avoid accidents not to gain revenue, don't even think of bribery.

By Mario from Other on 28-05-2021 03:09

I totally second every word regarding Portuguese 'driving??' They just wouldn't have a prayer in the UK.No perception of danger or regard for anyone else whatsoever.Pick a lane,any lane and hope for the best.Abysmal.

By Les Needham from Beiras on 28-05-2021 12:40

Oh I totally agree with Jude Irwin. I often wonder where/how the drivers here got a license! No regard whatever for any other road user.

By Lauree from Lisbon on 28-05-2021 12:07

Reckless driving and lack of awareness and respect for other road users (pedestrians, bicycle, motorbike and car/truck) is rife here in Portugal. Every time I go out I see crazy tailgating, speeding, dangerous overtaking, drivers using mobile phones, vehicles shooting straight through pedestrian crossings without even looking to see if anyone is on them, parking on rotunda, reversing on rotunda when the correct exit has been missed, parking on pedestrian crossings and pavements, stopping in traffic to have chit-chat with passing friends, turning or simply drifting off the road without signaling, crossing solid lines on the road to enter premises such as cafes, parking facing the wrong direction on every street, not using the rear view mirrors, weaving in and out of lanes in traffic and cutting across traffic because of being in the wrong lane for the desired exit at a rotunda. I have never seen any police or camera catch these offenses. I have occasionally got so fed up that I have reported one of these traffic offenses at my local GNR station, and they grudgingly sent one or two of their stationhouse loafers to sit in a parked vehicle watching for an hour or so. Why aren’t there actual traffic wardens here. Jobs, folks. And jobs that need to be done in order to remind drivers with little common sense that real people get injured or killed because of their carelessness and selfish driving habits.

By Jude Irwin from Beiras on 28-05-2021 07:31
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