INTERIOR MINISTER Juan Ignacio Zoido confirmed on Tuesday that this year’s high summer season ended with 224 deaths on Spanish roads; a fall of 31 (or 12 percent) from the same period in 2016.
Zoido said this meant that 2017 marked the summer with the lowest number of people dying in road accidents in Spain since 1960, when 150 people were killed, taking into consideration there were fewer people on the roads at that time.
The year 1989 was the worst summer for traffic accident deaths, with 732 people losing their lives. Since then, the mortality rate has fallen relatively steadily, although the summers of 2015 and 2016 witnessed rises of 2.7 percent and 12 percent in the respective number of deaths.
Eighty percent of fatal accidents take place on Spain’s secondary roads with people losing control of their vehicle and driving off the road.
Meanwhile, almost 30 percent of victims were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
This summer saw an extra 3,000 Guardia Civil offers enforcing traffic controls across Spain, with a special campaign to increase awareness about the need to allow at least a metre and a half of space when overtaking cyclists