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New Year deaths and accidents: picture so far

With even the Minister for Interior Administration taking part in ‘road safety awareness campaigns’ this year, the tragedy is that accidents still happen. So far over the New Year long weekend, the GNR have registered 540 accidents, three deaths, 12 serious injuries and 112 light injuries. The wider picture however, taking in pre-Christmas and Christmas has seen at least 17 deaths, and thousands of accidents. As to police presence on the roads during the festive season, minister José Luís Carneiro said they have been ‘surprised’ by the large number of people caught driving without a licence, as well as drivers speeding and being over the legal limit for alcohol.