Dangerous streets

The Public Security Police Force (PSP) said yesterday it had registered 11,087 traffic accidents in the first nine months of this year at an average of 40 a day.
The police authorities stated that the number of accidents during this period was similar to those in the same period of last year, adding that around 13,000 accidents were registered in the whole year of 2016 and around 15,000 in 2015.
A total of six deaths and around 3,000 injuries were caused by accidents between January and September of this year, with nine deaths registered in the same period last year.
“Of course, the number of accidents is still not ideal, with the number of cars also leading to a high number of accidents,” Transport Bureau Deputy Director Ching Ngoc Vai said yesterday.
The most recent data from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) shows that as of August of this year there were 242,756 licensed vehicles in Macau, down 2.5 per cent year-on-year.
The number of infractions caused by people driving while speaking on mobile phones increased 19.4 per cent yearly to 2,768 cases in the first nine months of this year, with street crossing infractions rising 158 per cent to 483 cases.
“One of the main problems is drivers not keeping a safe distance between vehicles. We want to raise awareness and ask drivers to keep a safe distance and pay attention to surrounding circumstances such as traffic lights and speed signs,” the PSP Traffic Department Commissioner stated.