THE number of deaths on the roads of Malaga Province has almost halved since the speed on motorways was limited to 110km/h. Twelve people died on the roads of the province so far this year, five less than the same period last year, which makes Malaga the Andalucian province where the number of deaths has decreased the most, and amongst the best results in Spain.
This was revealed by the Spanish Traffic Department (DGT) which also confirmed that the average speeds on Malaga’s roads have gone down since new restrictions came into effect in March. The speed limit, which aims to reduce petrol use as well as accidents, is due to remain in place until June 30, although the government has already suggested maintaining it for longer, as petrol prices are still high and the results have been positive.
The Traffic Department in the province has said that this is thanks to a series of measures, including the points system on driving licenses, the new Penal Code, and more speed traps as well as increased alcohol and speed controls carried out by the Guardia Civil.
The DGT has called for people to take more care throughout the summer months, when they travel more in less familiar areas and there are more vehicles on the road.
By Jennifer Leighfield