The Federal Highway Police (PRF) released today (13) the numbers of Operation Nossa Senhora Aparecida, held every year during the extended holiday of the patron saint of Brazil.
In five days of operation, 260 serious accidents were registered on federal highways across the country, a drop of 21.7% compared to last year. Still, the accidents resulted in 86 deaths, 4.5% less than in 2020, when 90 deaths were recorded.
Overall, there were 1,038 accidents this year, 14% less than in 2020. “Although there has been an increase in the number of vehicles compared to 2020, the inspection was able to have an effect,” said inspector Djairlon Henrique Moura, director of PRF Operations. “Although there is nothing to celebrate, due to the 86 dead,” he added.
At least one of these accidents with the dead occurred near the Basilica of Nossa Senhora Aparecida, in Aparecida (SP), but the PRF does not confirm the relationship of this occurrence with the pilgrimage of pilgrims.
Most of the deaths (27), as it usually happens, occurred as a result of head-on collisions, many of which were caused by overtaking in a continuous lane, the most common type of infraction on the roads. This year, there were more than 5,700 cases of irregularity.
This year, the Children’s Day holiday, yesterday (12), ended with 1,230 injured in accidents on federal highways, 15.4% less than in 2020.
Regarding the fight against crime, the PRF registered a significant increase in the seizure of cocaine. In the five days of operation, 770 kg were seized, more than 300% than in 2020 (200 kg).
Marijuana seizures, on the other hand, have dropped sharply, from 5,390 kg last year to 653 kg this year. 35 weapons and 769 ammunition were also seized.
In all, 635 people were arrested and 201 adulterated vehicles were recovered by the PRF.
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