Over 125,000 drivers fined a month

An average of more than 125,000 drivers were fined every month for traffic violations in 2012, totalling more than 1.5 million infractions in just one year, according to the National Authority for Road Safety (ANSR).

The figure is slightly lower than the numbers registered in 2011, revealed the authority’s annual report that was released on January 25.

In fact, there were 9,443 less infractions in 2012 compared to the previous year, when authorities recorded nearly 1.54 million traffic violations.

According to the ANSR, PSP was the most active police force, with a total of 551,146 fine tickets, whilst the GNR registered a total of 530,563 infractions and the municipal authorities fined 445,700 drivers.

The majority of fines was handed out for small infractions (around 1.12 million), followed by more than 324,000 serious infractions and almost 74,000 very serious infractions. The latter figure was also the one that most increased in 2012, registering a 6% rise compared to 2011.

On the other hand, the number of fines whose enforcement period had expired increased by 40% in 2012 compared to the previous year, registering a total of more than 370,000 fines. The ANSR explained that this increase was caused by an 88% rise in infractions that weren’t imposed by police and municipal authorities.