Traffic deaths in Spain continue downward trend
The number of deaths on Spanish roads seems to be following a pa-ttern of decline but the Government says the figures are still unacceptable.
During the year 2019, there were 1,007 fatal accidents on the interurban roads, in which 1,098 people died and another 4,395 required hospital admission, which represents a 6.7% decrease in the number of accidents (-72); -7.6% in the number of deaths (-90) and a decrease of 3.8% in serious injuries (-174).
The decreases come in a time of increased mobility, both in terms of the number of long-distance journeys made and the number of vehicles and the census of drivers. In 2019, displacements have increased by 2.5% (10.2 million more), which means that over 427 million long-distance journeys were made during the past year; the fleet of vehicles has increased by 2.2%, standing at 34.5 million vehicles, and the census of drivers has grown by 1.3%, reaching 27.2 million drivers.
The evolution of the accident rate over 365 days has been variable, as shown below:
• There have been 37 days with 0 deaths on the roads.
• The day with the highest road accidents was Sunday, July 21, with 13 deaths.
• The daily average of deaths in traffic accidents has been three people.
• The correct behaviour of drivers during the two summer months (46 fewer deaths than in the previous summer) has contributed greatly to the decline in annual deaths. This past August, with 98 dead, is the month of August with fewer deaths in all history.
• The month of April, with 74 dead, is the month of April with fewer deaths since there is data. The same situation occurs with the month of June, with 78 dead, the smallest monthly record in the June historical series.
Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska said: “These data seem to indicate that a trend change started in 2018 is being consolidated in which for the first time and after four years of the increase in deaths, there was a slight decrease of 0, 8%. “
“Even so,” he added “the 1,098 violent deaths due to road accidents is unacceptable in our society. This new data is what encourages us to continue working because we all know that traffic accidents are preventable.”