1.1 million euros: traffic fines increased by 4% in 2022 | Road safety

About 1.1 million traffic fines were imposed by November 2022, an increase of 4% compared to 2021, with speeding and alcohol fines being the ones that rose the most, announced this Friday the National Traffic Authority. Road Safety (ANSR). The number results from the inspection of 118.2 million vehicles.

The speed control radar system managed by ANSR contributed to this increase in infringements, which detected 400,141 infringements between January and November, an increase of 20.8% compared to the same period in 2021.

According to the ANSR, 744,219 speeding violations were registered until November, 18.5% more. Driving under the influence of alcohol was the offense with the most significant increase (+32.9%), with 27,390 offenses being detected. Road Safety justifies this increase in fines for drinking and driving “largely as a result of the sharp drop in the previous year”.

Last year, there was also a slight increase in offenses due to lack of insurance (+2.5%), totaling 15,503.

Regarding road crime, measured in total number of arrests, ANSR reports that the indicator increased by 22.7% between January and November 2022 compared to 2021, involving 28.4 thousand drivers, due to driving under the influence of alcohol (54.7%) and lack of legal license to drive (33.8%).

The report also mentions that 517.2 thousand drivers lost points on their driving license by the end of November 2022, and 2,363 were without a driving license since the point-based license system came into force in June 2016.

The ANSR accident and road inspection report for November 2022 also indicates that, between January and November 2022, 31,600 accidents with victims were recorded, which caused 430 deaths, 2260 serious injuries and 37,006 minor injuries.

Compared to 2019, the year that the European Commission considers to be the reference year for assessing the evolution of road accidents during the present decade, there were 2518 fewer accidents (-7.4%), 50 fewer fatalities ( -10.4%), 83 less seriously injured (-3.5%) and 4206 less slightly injured (-10.2%).

However, ANSR adds that, compared to the same period of 2021, the year in which there were still breaks in road traffic compared to 2019, in a pandemic context, there were increases in all the main indicators: 3,702 more accidents (+14 .0%), 63 more fatalities (+17.6%), 171 more seriously injured (+8.9%) and 4,458 more lightly injured (+14.4%).

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