ACCIDENTS on Alicante province roads that are maintained by the regional government were the highest for a decade.
According to figures for 2017 released by Generalitat’s Public Works department, there were 1,227 accidents last year, with 433 victims.
Eleven people lost their lives in these accidents, the highest number since 2011.
This increase is even more worrying, government sources admitted, since there are currently fewer vehicles on the province’s roads than 10 years ago.
Although deaths on secondary roads are rising, they are not limited to Alicante province, as this pattern is repeated in Valencia and Castellon and extends to roads maintained by the central government.
Accidents are more frequent on approaches to important towns, particularly Benidorm and Torrevieja and, to a lesser extent, Denia and Orihuela, the Generalitat figures revealed.
The always-busy San Vicente and San Juan bypasses also contributed to last year’s accidents although in all cases there were few victims and fewer fatalities.
The CV-70 between La Nucia and Benidorm is regarded as one of the most complicated secondary roads in the province and the speed limit was controversially reduced to 50 kilometres per hour some weeks ago.
There were 102 accidents on one seven-kilometre stretch of this road last year, resulting in 27 victims, of whom 26 suffered serious injuries.