New Year road safety operation

Road deaths, accidents and injuries were up over the New Year period compared to the previous year.

Eight deaths, 28 serious injuries and 396 minor injuries were recorded throughout the GNR’s New Year road safety operation, which took place between December 30, 2009 and January 3, 2010.

According to the GNR statistics, which recorded 1,259 accidents, none of the eight deaths took place in the Algarve.

Compared to the same period of the previous year, the GNR registered 116 more accidents, one more death, 20 more serious injuries and 46 more minor injuries.

Throughout the 24 hours of Sunday, January 3, a total of 223 road accidents were recorded in Portugal, which is three less than on the same day in 2009. The number of deaths and serious injuries remained the same as in 2009 with three and two, respectively.

The number of minor injuries recorded this year increased, however, from 73 to 79.

A total of 1,200 GNR patrols representing around 2,600 personnel monitored Portugal’s roads during this New Year operation.

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