SINCE 2006, 1,452 people in Almeria have lost the driving license after losing all their points through committing offences. But according to the Traffic Department, DGT, only 80 of them were women (5.5 per cent).
Since July 2006 Almeria male drivers have lost 135,166 points, compared to 20,272 lost by women.
More than 9,000 drivers lost 42,681 points between them for driving without a seatbelt, while the other frequent offences were drunk driving, speeding and using a mobile phone while driving.
When the points system came into effect, ‘recuperation’ centres were created, which have increasing numbers of users.
Of the 500 people who attended in the past year, more than 90 per cent are men aged between 18 and 40.
Those aged between 18 and 20 have mostly lost points for not wearing their helmets, while the rest are for not wearing their seatbelts.
Some have lost all their points, others have been sentenced to attend the courses which last 24 hours in total and include 16 theoretical areas, a road safety course via computer, and talks with a psychologist as well as an accident victim.
By Jennifer Leighfield