THE National Police have issued a warning across Spain for drivers to use extra caution on the roads after nine people tragically lost their lives in car collisions on Christmas Day.
This brings the death toll up to 18 since December 20, when the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) launched a festive campaign warning people across the country to drive safely and will see traffic officers stepping up their use of alcohol and drug tests on the roads. The campaign will end on January 6, after an estimated 19.8 million journeys will be taken as many travel far and wide to visit their loved ones.
In the early hours of Christmas Day, three people in their early 20’s died in a horror collision on the M-50 in Madrid. There were then six further accidents in the city, which claimed the lives of six people, including two pedestrians, a cyclist and a motorcyclist. There were also multiple other car accidents reported in Spain, causing many drivers to be seriously injured.
The DGT advise those using the roads to be careful, especially when making short journeys or travelling at night, when concentration is at its lowest level. They also ask car users to pay special attention to adverse weather conditions, such as rain, fog, ice, snow and wind, and under no circumstances to drive whilst intoxicated on alcohol or narcotics.