Road deaths during the peak July-August holiday period hit their lowest levels on record this year, the government announced on Monday.
The head of the traffic department, María Seguí, told a news conference that 262 people were killed in road accidents in the period, 62 fewer than a year earlier. In July alone, the number of fatal accidents amounted to 111, with 117 deaths, a drop of 55, or 32 percent, from a year earlier. There were 127 such crashes in August, with fatalities falling by seven to 152. The number of serious injuries also fell.
“This is a particularly welcome day,” Seguí said. “It gives us reason for a lot of hope for the rest of the year. She congratulated the public as the “stars behind these results” in paying greater heed to safety advice.