Alonso calls for 'zero tolerance' on driving deaths

10th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 January 2005, MADRID- Spain's Interior minister called for '"zero tolerance" to reduce the number of deaths on the country's roads.

10 January 2005

MADRID- Spain's Interior minister called for '"zero tolerance" to reduce the number of deaths on the country's roads.

José Antonio Alonso told the Spanish televisión channel Telecinco: "We have to go further. The numbers are good. We reduced the numbers killed (last year) by more than 500 compared with 2003."

He said the nation's tolerance for these accidents must be zero "even though it seems utopian to try to reach this point".

But hours earlier, five people were seriously hurt and 28 others injured in two multiple crashes on the same busy motorway near Toledo south of Madrid.

Both crashes were caused by ice and fog on the N-4 road.

No-one was killed.

Meanwhile, Alonso said as more drivers took to the roads in Spain it was important that the country showed it could continue to reduce the numbers of fatal accidents with all the personal and economic dramas that went with them.

Alonso said more drink-drive checks and speed cameras as well as a higher number of traffic police had helped cut fatal road crashes over the Christmas period.

In total, 139 people were killed on the roads between 23 December and 9 January, the end of the Spanish Festive period.

This represented a 28 percent fall compared with the same period the year before.

Alonso said the introduction of a points system on driving licences, in keeping with many other European countries, had also helped reduce accidents.

"It is not a magic measure," he said. "But it is going to be an important help to reduce accidents and it is not going to stop from one day to the next."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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