Deaths on Spanish roads see 25-year low

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1 September 2004, MADRID – Spain recorded the lowest number of deaths on the road during the summer holiday break for 25 years, the Interior Minister said Wednesday.

1 September 2004

MADRID – Spain recorded the lowest number of deaths on the road during the summer holiday break for 25 years, the Interior Minister said Wednesday.

José Antonio Alonso hailed the fall in the number of deaths in July and August during a press conference in Madrid.

The number of people who lost their lives was 708 – a fall of nearly 17 percent in comparison with the same period last year when 851 people were killed in the busiest period of the year.

There were 602 accidents in all this summer, a fall of 15 percent in terms of crashes involving people.

There were also 360 people seriously injured – a decrease of 25 percent compared with the same period in 2003.

Alonso said the figures were "best for 25 years".

He attributed the fall in fatal crashes to the effect of a publicity campaign before the traditional summer getaway which urged people to be aware of the dangers of speed and drink-driving.

In July alone, 353 people lost their lives in 298 accidents in Spain.

This was 8.5 percent less than the 386 who were kille in crashes during the same period in 2003.

There was also a major reduction in the number of road accidents in July – only 298 involving people, compared with 328 in the July 2003.

The National Traffic Authority had announced they would crackdown on drink-driving controls before July.

In August, 322 people lost their lives.

The figures showed Spanish drivers were showing more sense and observing basic safety rules.

The Ministry of the Interior put the fall in deaths and better driving to tougher penalties for those speeding or drink-driving and publicity campaigns.

However, it was unclear what  effect similar campaigns in other European countries had had during the same period.

Alonso said the government was not considering lowering the speed limit to comply with the Kyoto Treaty on emissions of greenhouse gases.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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