In the National Road Safety Authority (ANSR) report for August, ANSR advances that, between January and August this year, violations for not using child seats (45.2 percent) and seat belts (22.8 percent) also increased, as well as the use of the mobile phone while driving (13.8 percent).

According to ANSR, 17,639 drivers were caught using a mobile phone while driving during the first eight months of the year, against 15,505 until August 2020, and 14,479 violations were recorded for not using seat belts (11,792 in 2020) and 1,571 for not using systems of child restraint (1,082 in 2020).

The document states that, between January and August, 40,671 drivers were fined for lack of an MOT, while in the same period of 2020 20,779 infractions had been detected.

In contrast, the authorities recorded a decrease of 15.2 percent in offenses for speeding and a 7.9 percent decrease in offenses for consumption of alcohol above the legal limit.

Despite the decrease, speeding records accounted for 60.5 percent of the total registered infractions, having been recorded, until August, 470,434 administrative infractions, against 554,831 in the same month of 2020.

For excess of alcohol, the PSP and GNR registered 12,102 infractions, while in the same period last year 13,142 drivers had been caught.

The report indicates that, between January and August, 77.4 million vehicles were inspected, either in person or by means of automatic inspection, a decrease of 0.4 percent compared to the same period in 2020.

“The GNR and PSP together registered a decrease of 1.1 percent in the number of vehicles inspected, and the SINCRO radar system managed by ANSR registered a reduction of 0.9 percent”, the document states.

According to ANSR, 778.1 thousand infractions were detected in the first eight months of the year, which represents a decrease of 9.4% compared to the same period of 2020.

Road crime, measured in total number of arrests, increased 21.5 percent between January and August 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, affecting 16,300 drivers.

The report indicates that 45.4 percent of arrests were due to lack of legal license to drive, with an increase of 40.1 percent in these cases, compared to that verified between January and August 2020.