Fatal road crashes fall in holiday season

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23 August 2004, MADRID - Deaths on the Spanish roads fell by over 21 percent during August, according to figures released Monday.

23 August 2004

MADRID - Deaths on the Spanish roads fell by over 21 percent during August, according to figures released Monday.

The holiday season is traditionally the most dangerous time of the year on the roads in Spain as thousands set off on packed motorways.

But the National Traffic Authority said in the first 22 days of the month, 264 people were killed in accidents on the roads across Spain.

This represented a 21 percent fall compared with the same period last year, when 338 people met their deaths on Spain's notoriously dangerous roads.

Traffic authorities said during its Operation Summer 2004, designed to reduce fatal road crashes, only five were  killed Sunday, compared with 13 on the same day in 2003.

There were 225 separate crashes compared with 276 in 2003 – a fall of 18.5 percent.

Traffic authorities had urged motorists to cut speed and not to drink and drive – the two biggest causes of deaths on the road.

Spain has the worst record for fatal accidents in Europe and one of the highest number of fatal crashes in the world, according to recent figures.


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Subject: Spanish news

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