PSP holds 230 people over New Year’s Eve – Portugal

During the New Year period, the PSP detained 230 people, most of them for lack of driving licenses, excessive alcohol driving and drug trafficking, the Public Security Police indicated this Monday.

In a statement, the PSP states that, between December 27 and January 2, it detained 230 people, 76 of which for driving under the influence of alcohol, 57 for lack of legal license to drive and 17 for drug trafficking, and apprehended 1,500 drug doses, having also served 26 arrest warrants.

During that period, when the PSP was “particularly attentive” to New Year’s Eve festivities, this security force inspected around 19,583 vehicles and detected 321 drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and 1,419 vehicles speeding.

The PSP also recorded 307 vehicles circulating on public roads without mandatory periodic inspection, 82 administrative offenses for lack of mandatory insurance, 34 for non-use or incorrect use of seat belts and 70 for using a mobile phone while driving, one of the main causes of road accidents.

In terms of road accidents, PSP recorded 534 accidents on the mainland, causing 133 minor injuries and seven serious injuries.

In the Autonomous Regions of Madeira and the Azores, this police registered 76 accidents, which resulted in 20 minor injuries and two serious injuries.

The PSP also emphasizes that, within the scope of the restriction measures in force to contain the covid-19 pandemic and in the control of passengers at airports, it inspected, between December 30 and January 1, 755 flights and controlled 70,688 passengers, having raised 75 administrative offenses to people who landed without a negative covid-19 test, as well as to the airlines that transported them.

The PSP operation “Parties in Security” began on December 20 and ends at 23:59 on Monday.

Source: Correio da Manhã by

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