Fewer road deaths but more accidents

By Daisy Sampson, in News · 06-12-2019 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

As new data reveals that the number of deaths on the roads in Portugal has fallen, three serious accidents in a week highlight the dangers on the roads.

The number of deaths on Portuguese roads fell between 1 January and 30 November compared to the same period last year, but the number of accidents and serious injuries rose.

According to the latest assessment of the National Road Safety Authority (ANSR), for 11 months, 435 people died on the roads, 21 less than in the same period last year (456).

Between 1 January and 30 November of this year, 122,322 accidents were recorded, 1,572 more than in the same period of the previous year (120,750). In the same period, 2,048 people were seriously injured, 107 more than in the 11 months of 2018.

The ANSR also indicates that 38,332 people suffered slight injuries, 647 more than in the same period last year (37,685).

ANSR’s balance sheet, which gathers data from traffic police GNR and PSP, also highlights that in the last week of November (22 to 30 November) six people died and 48 were seriously injured as a result of road accidents.

Between 1 January and 30 November of this year, the district with the highest number of deaths was Porto (53), followed by Lisbon (43), Braga (34), Aveiro and Santarém (both with 32).

Lisbon was the district with the most serious injuries (289), followed by Porto (209) and Faro (206).

ANSR data also indicate that between 1 December 2018 and 30 November 2019, 487 road fatalities were recorded (minus 19 compared to the period 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2018) while serious injuries rose to 2,248 (plus 108). There were two serious accidents on 3 December in Portugal, the first occurring on the A3 in Antas, Famalicão, which caused seven injuries, including six PSP agents following a bus from Porto Command.

According to the source of Famalicão Volunteer Firefighters, one of the agents suffered considerable injuries after the crash between the PSP bus and a car.

On the same day two women and a young boy were killed in a four-car crash on the Algarve’s A22 motorway. A seven-year old boy and a 56-year-old woman resident in Loulé, and an 83-year-old British woman were killed in accident which occurred near to the Boliqueime service area.

A two-year-old French boy was seriously injured. Five more victims - a 9-month-old girl, a 3-year-old boy, a 58-year-old Portuguese man, an 84-year-old Englishman and a 28-year-old Brazilian woman - suffered minor injuries and were taken to Faro hospital.

Also in the Algarve, an accident on 28 November led to the deaths of a pedestrian and a motorcyclist after a crash on the Estrada Nacional (EN) 125, in the Guia area.

The accident occurred at 5:19pm, when the motorcyclist ran over a pedestrian, then crashed into another vehicle, a source for the Faro District Relief Operations Command (CDOS) said.

One of the fatalities was a person aged about 25 years old and the other person was described as being between 45 and 50 years old.
The ANSR data refer to deaths occurring at the scene of the accident or during transport to hospital. The figures for serious injuries refer to the victim of an accident whose bodily injury requires a period of hospitalisation longer than 24 hours.


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