Points-based licence cuts deaths on road in 2006

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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

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