Accidents on Portuguese roads caused 11 dead in the first week of the year, three more than in the same period of 2016, according to data from the National Highway Safety Authority (ANSR).
According to data available on the ANSR website on Tuesday, 2292 accidents were recorded in the first week of the year (between 1 and 7 January), down 376 from the same period in 2016 (2668).
Of these 11 dead, nine were registered by the National Republican Guard (GNR) and two by the Public Security Police (PSP).
ANSR also reports that in the first week of the year 33 were seriously injured and 692 were slightly injured. Last year, in the same period, 22 seriously injured and 806 were injured. According to ANSR, the district with the most fatalities in the first week of the year was Aveiro (with four), followed by Braga, Bragança, Faro, Leiria, Lisbon, Porto and Viseu, all with one death each.
Regarding the number of accidents, Lisbon and Porto were the districts where most accidents occurred, 503 and 437, respectively. ANSR also reports that between January 8, 2016 and January 7 of this year, 450 were killed and 2057 seriously injured.
All these data relate to victims whose deaths occurred at the scene of the accident or on the way to the hospital.