GNR’s “Operation Easter 2024” kicks off today

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The National Republican Guard (GNR) will intensify road checks, patrols and awareness-raising activities throughout Portugal from today until April 1 as part of the Easter festivities.

In a statement, the GNR said that “Operation Easter 2024” aims to combat crime, contribute to reducing road accidents, regularize traffic and support citizens.

The GNR recalls that traditionally, the Easter season “is characterized by families gathering in their regions of origin and, as it corresponds to the school vacation period, a significant increase in road traffic is expected on Portuguese roads”.

In the note, the Guard says that the operation is aimed at the safety and protection of people, which is why it goes beyond road surveillance, with the effort also being directed towards the festival sites, the surrounding areas, residential and commercial zones, as well as the most critical road traffic routes.

“The enforcement period with the greatest road patrol effort, on the most critical roads, will be between the beginning of March 28 [Thursday] and April 1, when the greatest volume of traffic is expected,” says the GNR.

As part of the operation, the guard advises “driving attentively, cautiously and defensively, adjusting speed to weather conditions, the state of the road and the volume of road traffic, avoiding dangerous maneuvers, speeding and not driving under the influence of alcohol or psychotropic substances”.

The GNR also draws attention to the improper use of cell phones and incorrect or non-use of seat belts and/or child restraint systems, as well as the safety conditions of vehicles.

The Public Security Police (PSP) also began operation “Polícia Sempre Presente – Páscoa em Segurança 2024” (Police Always Present – Easter in Safety 2024) on Friday and until March 31, with patrols and enforcement actions throughout the territory, on the accesses to the main roads.

The PSP operation is aimed at road safety, crime prevention and the safe possession and use of pyrotechnic articles.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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