Points-based licence cuts deaths on road in 2006
3 January 2007, MADRID — The number of deaths on the roads last year fell due to the new points-based driving licence, the government said on Wednesday.
3 January 2007
MADRID — The number of deaths on the roads last year fell due to the new points-based driving licence, the government said on Wednesday.
Interior minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said there was a 9.5 percent fall in the number of deaths in car crashes.
In total, 3,016 people died in accidents on the roads, compared with 3,332 the year before – a decrease of 316.
He said the licence had had a "very positive" influence on driving habits in Spain since July.
Overall, deaths on the roads have gone down for the third year in a row.
In 2004, there was the largest dip in fatal accidents since 1980, when 3,516 people died – or 13 percent less than the year before.
In 2005, for the first time in 30 years, the number of deaths on the roads fell below 3,000.
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Subject: Spanish news