Hopes dashed new licence would cut road deaths

10th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 April 2007, MADRID – Hopes the new points-based licence would cut the death toll on the roads at Easter were disappointed.

10 April 2007

MADRID – Hopes the new points-based licence would cut the death toll on the roads at Easter were disappointed.

A total of 106 people were killed – only four less than last Easter.

Pere Navarro, the director of traffic, said the objective of the authorities to cut deaths with the aid of the new licence had “failed”.

The licence was introduced last July in an effort to reduce the high road death toll, particularly at Easter which is the busiest time on the roads in Spain.

Among the fatalities, a 14-year-old boy was killed on the road last Saturday and five others were badly injured in a crash in Horche, in Guadalajara.

There were 62 people gravely injured and 37 others suffered injuries during this break.

However, authorities tried to put a positive light on the high death toll, saying it was the third lowest since statistics were first collected in the 1980s.

In 2004, 103 people were killed in Easter, in 2005 a total of 105 people lost their lives on the roads.

Motoring groups said it was not fair to think that the points-based licence was going to “cure all ills” and some of the accidents could have been due to bad weather.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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