Thirty die in car accidents during Bicentennial of Chile celebrations

Monday, September 20, 2010

President of Chile Sebastián Piñera dancing cueca on the Official Fonda of Santiago.
Image: Ministerio Secretaría General del Gobierno de Chile.

Thirty people are reportedly dead according to La Nación, in the second-to-last day of the Bicentennial of Chile celebrations through all the country. There is one more death than last year's celebrations. La Nación reports nine deaths on main roads and 21 on rural routes.

The national police issued 255 infringements for driving under the influence of alcohol, and 1,555 for speeding.

"Travel has to be well planned. They must not drive for more than two hours," an officer told Radio Cooperativa.

A large departure of tourists from beaches or other vacation spots is expected to be at "peak hours" after 18:00 (22:00 UTC).