August 30, 2014
155 dead, more than 3,000 car crashes during Brazilian Carnival celebrations
Carnival celebrations in Brazil have been tainted by deadly traffic accidents in the South American giant with 155 deaths and 1,823 injured. Crashes totalized 3,201 from Friday last week till today, the police reported.
Head of the Brazilian police Alice Nascimento Souza explained that the majority of accidents were a result of “imprudence.” “Although we invest a lot in technology, in controls, in roads (infrastructure), if we don’t invest in traffic education we still face many problems ahead,” Nascimento Souza affirmed and presented shocking figures for the Carnival break.
The official explained that 29 people died as a result of overtaking vehicles, 22 for speeding up and 22 for distracted driving. Although 157 people died in the same period last year, Alice Nascimento Souza said parameters were different since Brazil’s overall car fleet jumped from 76.9 millions to 82.5 millions in the period.
Still, last year 406 people were detained for driving under the influence of alcohol and 1,650 for alcohol drinking before driving.