Spain's roads are no safer as death toll rises

11th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 July 2005, MADRID — Spain's efforts to make its roads safer do not seem to have worked if a snap-shot of last weekend's fatal crashes is anything to go by.

11 July 2005

MADRID — Spain's efforts to make its roads safer do not seem to have worked if a snap-shot of last weekend's fatal crashes is anything to go by.

Forty-three people died in 33 accidents across the country as thousands left to start their summer holidays.

On the same weekend last year, 40 people were killed in 27 accidents.

Seventeen people were badly injured and another 18 suffered minor injuries.

The Spanish government has started campaigns to try to get drivers to reduce speed — the biggest cause of road deaths — with radar cameras designed to catch those who break the limits.

It also recently introduced a points-based licence which is designed to encourage drivers not to drink or drive or they could lose most of their 12 points.

But this measure has been criticised by road safety campaigners who claim drivers who are caught over the legal alcohol limit should automatically lose their licences.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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