Madeiran car parking, and other offences….
Figures in the Diario today reveal that the PSP, responsible for policing traffic on the island, fined 16,994 drivers (down 2656 on 2013) and arrested 616 (down 15) during 2014. Irregular parking accounted for 78% of total road crimes with an average of 38 vehicles penalised each day. However this figure is falling quite rapidly – in 2010 an average of 67 were fined each day.
Speeding, as in previous years, was the second most committed offence, representing 8% of the total – radar caught 1,431 drivers during 2014, an average of four per day. This is a small increase on previous years – apparently the PSP enforced the rules more strictly, particularly with those driving more than 20 km/h above the speed limit (€60 minimum fine). Interestingly the majority of speeding motorists are caught on the outskirts of Funchal.
Driving under the influence of alcohol accounts for 5% of the total offences in the year, with 856 drivers being stopped, 60% of whom were held for having blood alcohol levels exceeding 1.20 g/l. There was a small reduction in “very serious” offenses (0.80 to 1.19 g/l) which incurs a fine of €500. The decrease was most marked in the classification of “serious” offenses (0.50 to 0.79 g/l), punished with a fine of €250 , which went from 237 to just 98.
Doca do Cavacas
The heavy seas that affected much of the southern coast of the island during the last week have closed the tunnel at Doca do Cavacas – this seems to have been open for an unusually long spell recently, having regularly been closed by storms over recent years. It also looks like the duckboards providing the pathway along the eastern end of Praia Formosa have been washed away, and the Regency Yacht Bar has been closed for a few days. Not sure if this has suffered any damage, but you have to feel sorry for the place – it might as well close when the tunnel is not open, as I guess the tourists using that route accounts for the majority of its custom. The photo was taken at Praia Formosa on Wednesday lunchtime – thank you David.
Update Sunday pm: I am reliably informed that the Regency Yacht Bar has opened again today, although with barriers preventing access to the pathway to the tunnel to Doca do Cavacas, and more tape stopping access to the beach
Bizarre cloud formation
Finally, a couple of photos of the “blimp” that appeared over Funchal last night – these taken in Ajuda at around 7.00pm.