In a statement, the Public Security Police indicates that, in January, in its area of responsibility, the urban centers, there were 4,737 serious injuries, which caused nine deaths, 77 serious injuries and 1,304 minor injuries.
Compared to the same month last year, the PSP saw an increase of 18% in accidents, 22% in fatalities and 21% in serious injuries, while minor injuries decreased by 15%.
The PSP also highlights that in the first month of the year, 409 people were arrested for driving without a legal license and 526 for driving under the influence of alcohol, while in January 2022 this police registered 394 and 440 arrests, respectively.
In January, it fined 514 drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol and detected 5,586 speeding drivers, 218 more than in the same period of 2022.
“Driving at high speeds and under the influence of alcohol has direct implications for controlling vehicles and increasing the reaction and braking distance, translating into an increase in the distance needed to stop a vehicle safely and in a decrease in the probability of that the driver manages to avoid an accident”, says the police.
The PSP advances that it establishes “as a priority the supervision of driving at excessive speed and under the influence of alcohol and psychotropic substances”, taking into account the direct implications in the occurrence of road accidents.