191 people have lost their lives on the roads this summer, the summer with the fewest deaths since there is a record, reducing the number of fatalities by 5% compared to last summer and 11% compared to the summer of 2019
During the last months of July and August, 191 people have died on Spanish roads, eleven fewer fatalities than in the same period last year and 24 fewer deaths than in 2019, a statistical reference year due to how atypical summer 2020 was due to to the health pandemic. The decrease in the number of deaths has also been registered in the number of fatal accidents and in hospitalized injuries, as reflected in the data released this Friday by the Minister of the Interior,
Fernando Grande-Marlaska, at a press conference in which he was accompanied by the undersecretary of the department,
Isabel goicoechea, by the Director General of Traffic,
Pere Navarro, and by the chief general of the Civil Guard Traffic Group,
Jose Ignacio Criado.
«The statistics are less bad than we expected: the number of 191 deaths registered this summer is the lowest since there are records, but we must not use this data to launch a triumphalist message, we cannot forget that, during these summer months , every day three citizens have lost their lives on our roads ”, warned Grande-Marlaska.
During the month of July there were 95 fatal accidents in which 99 people died, which means 16 fewer deaths than in July 2020 and 18 fewer than in July 2019, becoming the month of July with the least deaths in the historical series . In August there were 83 fatal accidents in which 92 people died, which means 5 more deaths than in the same month of 2020, the year in which the lowest number of deaths was registered in one month of August. During this month there have been 5 days with 0 deaths.
“We must not fall into triumphalism, 191 deaths this summer are many, too many, as are the 651 recorded since last January 1. That is why I encourage everyone to maintain the effort and constant work to reduce traffic accidents and their dramatic consequences, because that objective is a project of the country and a responsibility of all ”, stressed the Minister of the Interior.
In depth, during this summer there have been 11 fatal accidents with more than one deceased, so that 6% of the accidents have caused 12% of the deaths. By type of road, 3 out of 4 fatal accidents
continues to be produced on conventional roads. 71% of all fatal accidents occurred on conventional roads, specifically in these accidents 138 people died, the lowest figure in the historical series. On highways and highways, 53 deaths have been registered.
By means of displacement, the vulnerable users who died have decreased, especially motorcycles whose accident rate has been reduced by 30% (48 deaths, 21 less than in 2019), followed by cyclists (4 less). The number of dead pedestrians has increased, registering 23 deaths, 9 more than in 2019.
By type of accident, the exit of the road continues to be the accident that causes the most fatalities (45%) with 86 deaths, followed by the frontal collision (17%) with 32 deaths. Due to security systems, one in four deaths in tourism and van did not use a seat belt (25 deaths). Of the 2 deceased children, 1 did not use any safety accessories.
“We must not admit road accidents and fatalities as an inevitable evil. We can and must end road deaths. We are going to continue working to achieve this goal and I am confident that we will have the collaboration of all the actors in the sector and the public as a whole to achieve this, ”concluded Grande-Marlaska.