Road deaths have returned to 1960 levels, a time when there were only one million vehicles on the road and two million drivers, according to figures released by Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz on Wednesday.
Last year, 1,304 people lost their lives on the road or in the 24 hours following accidents they suffered, a 12 percent reduction from the previous year. Deadly accidents have now fallen for nine years in a row.
Also last year, 6,161 individuals sustained serious injuries as a result of a road accident, 783 fewer than in 2011. Fernández said there was also a 4.5 percent fall in road trips last year due to the crisis.