Roads claim 158 lives in a fortnight

16th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2007, MADRID (EFE) – A total of 158 people died on Spain's roads in the first two weeks of August, two more a day than last year, said the country's traffic authorities on Thursday.

16 August 2007

MADRID (EFE) – A total of 158 people died on Spain's roads in the first two weeks of August, two more a day than last year, said the country's traffic authorities on Thursday.

The rising death toll comes despite efforts by the government and traffic police to educate drivers to be more careful on the roads, including the introduction of a points-based licence last July.

This August's death toll to date includes five deaths from a coach crash and 25 deaths from motorbike accidents, compared to 15 a year ago.

Assistant director general for mobility at the traffic authority, Federico Fernandez, said speed was behind 50 percent of accidents in the last fortnight and accounted for 30 percent of the fatalities.

Traffic offences climbed 19 percent on last year.

The 25-34-year-old age group contained the largest numbers of victims of fatal accidents in Spain, followed by those aged 35-44-years-old.

A total of 1,655 drivers in Spain have already lost or are about to lose their driving licence since the new points-based licence came into law, said the traffic department on Wednesday.

(Copyright EFE with Expatica 2007)

Subject: Spanish news

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