Spanish road deaths lowest since 1962

2nd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The number of road deaths during the summer holiday period fell from 447 to 377.

Madrid – Road deaths in Spain during the summer holiday period fell to their lowest level for nearly half a century, in a sign that new road safety policies are working, the government said Tuesday.

Road accidents claimed the lives of 377 deaths in Spain between 1 July and 31 August, Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said.

The figure was down from 447 in 2008, and the lowest number since 1962, when there were 340 fatalities and far less registered vehicles.

The figures show that the government's road safety policy "is getting results," he told a news conference.

The fall was particularly marked among young people, which he described as "promising data, because in the end they are the drivers of the future".

Spain introduced a driver's licence penalty points system in July 2006 and at the end of 2007 it stiffened penalties for traffic violations in a bid to crack down on speeding, drink driving and other infringements and slash the number of deaths on its roads.

In August, the Traffic Authority also doubled the number of radar traps across the country for a two-week period.

The number of road deaths in 2008 was down by 20 percent from the previous year.

AFP / Expatica

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