Black Christmas on Portugal’s roads

Black Christmas on Portugal’s roads

Operation “Tranquil Christmas 2014” has this far registered more deaths (up 3) and more serious injuries (up 10) than last year – although there have been fewer accidents overall, and less light injuries.
Thus the 8000 police mobilised throughout the country can take some solace from the fact that they are working through the festive period.
The first death was recorded in Albufeira, in the Algarve – on the same stretch of road that claimed the life of motorcycling “fan” and local coffee shop owner Luís Prazeres only a month ago.
Fisherman João Arroja, 43, died on Christmas Eve after losing control of his Opel Corsa and hitting a lamp-post in Albufeira’s Avenida dos Descobrimentos.
Elsewhere, further deaths involved a party-goer driving home after all-night festivities in Vizela, a motorcyclist hitting a tree in Ansião, and a lorry driver run-over on the A25 in Almeida when he was trying to fix a fault in his truck.
Police will be out in force until Sunday (December 28) and they are understood to be testing drivers for alcohol as well as the use of psychotropic drugs.