1000 people killed on Spanish roads so far this year

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© By M.Peinado
Spanish highway.

ACCORDING to data from the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT), the Spanish government agency responsible for road transport policy, more than 1000 people have lost their lives in road accidents so far this year. To be exact there were 1,003 deaths between January 1 and November 18. This is an increase of 4 accidents compared to the same period last year. 

After a decade of declining fatalities, 2014 was the first year that saw an increase again. 

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DIA, an association of the victims, said: “Every time it becomes harder to reduce the number of deaths. Traffic accidents remain a national problem. While many think it might be a thing of the past, on the contrary, we cannot forget that everyday almost 5 people lose their lives in accidents.” 

 January and February saw increases of 40 per cent and 14.5 per cent in traffic deaths respectively, compared to the same months the year before.  

In March and April the numbers started to decrease again. The DGT says this is due to a change in strategy. They are focusing more of their attention on the secondary roads, where almost 80 per cent of deaths happen.


There has been a proposal circulating to lower the maximum speed limit on secondary roads to 80 km/hour, however, like many other political proposals, it will have to wait until after the Spanish general election on December 20. 





1 COMMENT

  1. Considering the way the Spanish drive I am not surprised. Here in Andalusia the standard of driving by most locals is shameful.
    On the A7 it is often impossible to get anyone to move into the right hand lane when you wish to pass, even when there is a big gap.
    More than fifty percent are breaking the speed limit, including the police, and no-one does anything about it.
    In Marbella and other places they think nothing of driving through a red traffic light, for I have had a few near misses myself when my lights go green.
    Also no-one ever thinks to use the indicators when turning or pulling out.
    If all Spaniards had to take their driving test again, at least 90% would fail dismally.

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