SEVENTY people have died on Valencian Community roads this year, 10 more than in 2016.
The region has the fourth-largest number of fatalities after Andalucia, Castilla y Leon and Cataluña. Nationally there was a 7 per cent increase, with 42 more victims than during the same period last year.
The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) attributes this rise to more car journeys, more transport on the region’s roads, motorists’ increasingly decrepit vehicles and speeding.
Manuel Miñes, spokesman for the Valencia Community’s Chamber of Contractors, also maintained that the bad condition of the region’s roads is also to blame.
“Not only does this influence the alarming rise in accidents and deaths but it reduces the roads’ value as assets,” Miñes said.
“The roads belong to the Spanish and their deterioration is the government’s responsibility.”
The Ministry of Public Works in Madrid, responsible for Spain’s roads, has not revealed its exact investment in the region this year. Nevertheless the contractors claim that it has spent less than €500,000 of a €77 million national allocation. Even those tenders that have been accepted have yet to be carried out, Miñes complained.