SANTIAGO.- Police have reported a total of 25 traffic-related deaths registered between Thursday afternoon and last night, in light of the May 1st 3-day weekend.
Four of the deaths occurred in the city of Santiago, while three traffic-related fatalities were reported in Osorno, Talca and the Loa provinces.
The Chief of Police emphasized the fact that there were 10 fewer fatal victims this year than in 2008, but stated that the numbers are never positive when they indicate losses of life.
A total of 659 traffic accidents were reported during the long weekend – 54 fewer than the number registered last year. Additionally, as a result of the 8,000 checkpoints that were set up throughout the country, police issued 1,474 tickets for speeding, 74 for driving under the influence of alcohol and 69 for driving while intoxicated.