Points licence continues cutting road deaths
7 August 2006, MADRID – Twenty-seven people died during the weekend on Spain’s roads in a total of 21 fatal accidents.
7 August 2006
MADRID – Twenty-seven people died during the weekend on Spain’s roads in a total of 21 fatal accidents.
The traffic authorities said the number of deaths recorded between 3pm on Friday and midnight on Sunday was 23 fewer than during the same weekend last year.
Last year, the holiday weekend saw 50 slaughtered on the roads.
This weekend, on top of the 27 people killed, a further 10 people were seriously injured and 21 were slightly injured.
Sunday was the worst day on the roads with 14 deaths in 12 accidents and five people seriously injured.
The reduction in the death toll is almost without a doubt due to the introduction of the points-based driving licence on 1 July.
Traffic authorities have accompanied its introduction with an intensive awareness campaign, including neon signs on the motorway warning drivers against the offences which can lead to points.
On Monday, the traffic authorities launched a special campaign to carry out speed checks on 100,000 cars a day.
General traffic direction head Pere Navarro said speed was a big cause of accidents in Spain.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news