The number of road deaths in the Algarve more than doubled during the first 45 days of 2013 compared to the same period last year, and the majority of them happened on the EN125, according to figures released by the Autoridade Nacional de Segurança Rodoviária (ANSR).
Between January 1 and February 15, eight people died in road accidents but those bleak figures increased to 11 during the following days of this month .
Last year four died in the aforementioned period and a further seven were recorded by the end of March 2012.
Faro is one of the districts with the highest number of deaths in road accidents, after Castelo Branco (with 11 deaths in the first 45 days of the year), Aveiro and Porto (with nine deaths each), and the fifth with the most serious injuries from road accidents.
ANSR reported, however, that the number of serious injuries resulting from road accidents so far this year has decreased to 14 from 22 in 2012.
Last year 43 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in the Algarve, which was two less than 2011, and serious injuries fell from 174 to 161.