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Traffic in Spain has become safer

The number of road deaths has declined, both in the Málaga Province and nationally in Spain

Traffic accident in Andalusia

Traffic accident in Andalusia
Photo: Michelangelo 36, Wikimedia

The Transport Administration in Spain, “Dirección General de Trafico”, has released a report showing how traffic safety has been greatly improved. With statistics from 1965 onwards as the basis, the number of deaths did increase each year until the peak in 1989 when it turned. In 1989 there were 9,344 deaths in the Spanish traffic, while in 2012 this figure had dropped to 1,903 deaths.

If one looks at the Malaga province, there were 93 deaths in 2008, in 2009 it had fallen to 69, in 2010 there were 66, in 2011 the number was 43 killed in traffic accidents, and in 2012 it was as low as 40 deaths in traffic.

The report states that where radars have been installed, the decline in deaths has been particularly large. If you look at the cause of the accidents that occur, they have not changed, since high speed still is the main cause, followed by alcohol and drugs. 76% of the deaths were men and 51% of the deaths are people who are 45 years or older. The majority of accidents (79%) occur on the country roads and not in urban areas or on the highways. It is between 08 am and 8 pm that most accidents occur.