Biggest fall in road deaths for quarter of century

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3 January 2005, MADRID-The number of people who were killed in road crashes last year was the lowest for 25 years, the Interior Minister said.

3 January 2005

MADRID-The number of people who were killed in road crashes last year was the lowest for 25 years, the Interior Minister said.

In 2004, 3,516 lost their lives in fatal car crashes – 513 less than the year before.

The decrease represented a 12.7 percent fall in deaths on the roads compared with 2003.

Jose Antonio Alonso said the numbers killed last year was the lowest for at least 25 years.

Those injured in car crashes also fell by 21 percent last year.

But Alonso said this was not an excuse for "triumphalism" because there was still room for reducing the number of people killed on Spanish roads.

Spain has for many years had one of the worst records in Europe for fatalities

Alonso said the fall in fatal road crashes was due to tougher campaigns against drink-driving and speeding, the two main causes of road deaths.

However, five people were killed and 30 injured early on Sunday when the coach on which they were travelling from Paris to Morocco crashed in northern Spain near Burgos, 230 kilometres (140 miles) from Madrid, authorities said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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