During the months of July and August, 202 people have died on Spanish roads, 13 fewer fatalities than in the same period last year, which represents a decrease of 6%. The reduction has also occurred in the number of fatal accidents (-7%) and in hospitalised injuries (-8%).
However, there have been 82.8 million long-distance trips on our roads, with an average of 1.3 million trips a day, which represents a decrease of – 9% compared to the trips that took place on the road. last summer (91.2 million). The decrease in traffic has been greater on weekends than on weekdays and trips have been shorter, many of them one day or weekend.
In July there were 40.2 million long-haul movements, down -7% compared to July last year. In August there was also a reduction of -11% in movements compared to the same month of the previous year. Specifically, in August, 42.6 million trips were registered. Regarding cross-border traffic, there has also been a reduction of 25.1%.
The data was presented by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, who has been accompanied by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Isabel Goicoechea and the Director General of Traffic, Pere Navarro. Grande Marlaska has pointed out that the data on deaths from traffic accidents are never good, because behind each victim there is a drama that changes the lives of the person and their relatives, but it is a reality that this summer there have been fewer deaths than the previous summer, thus reaching the lowest death toll in the entire historical series.
During the month of July there were 105 fatal accidents in which 114 people died, 3 deaths less than the 117 registered in July of last year. In August, there were 80 fatal accidents in which 88 people died, which means 10 fewer deaths than in the same month of 2019. It is the August with the lowest number of deaths in the historical series. During this month there have been two days with 0 deaths. “ We had some concern that the pandemic, the state of alarm and the confinement had a reflection on impulsive driving and consequently an increase in accidents, but the data for this summer seem to indicate that driving has normalised, although we cannot lower our guard,” said the Minister of the Interior.
According to Grande Marlaska, “the behaviour of traffic in the summer of 2020 has been conditioned by the health situation, the coronavirus and its effects on tourist and economic activity have led to a reduction in long-distance trips of -9%. This reduction has facilitated traffic management without there having been significant retentions in the summer departure and return operations”.
Multiple accidents: During this summer there have been 15 fatal accidents with more than 1 deaths, so that 8% of the accidents have caused 16% of the deaths.
By type of road: 76% of the deaths occurred on conventional roads, specifically 153 people (+3), which represents an increase of 2% compared to last summer. There have been 49 deaths on motorways, 16 fewer than in the summer of 2019.
By means of travel: Compared to the previous summer, the number of deaths has been reduced in all means of transport except for pedestrians and mopeds, which have increased. The number of deaths in passenger cars this summer was 92, the lowest figure in the historical series.
Faced with this upward trend in the number of vulnerable road users losing their lives, the Minister of the Interior asked the DGT to draft a reform of the Traffic Regulations to improve the protection of this group and whose consultation process is scheduled to open in October.
By type of user: Of the 202 deaths, 145 were drivers (72%), 35 passengers (17%) and 20 pedestrians (10%).
By type of accident: The road departure continues to be the accident that has generated the most fatalities (47%), with 95 deaths, followed by the frontal collision (19%) with 38 deaths.
By age: The deaths this summer compared to 2019 have decreased in all age groups except in the group between 15 and 24 years old, which have gone from 23 to 38 deaths (+15)
Safety systems: 27% of those who died in passenger cars and vans did not use their seat belts (28), the highest percentage in the last 10 years (20% in 2019). With respect to the 9 cyclists who died, 2 did not wear a helmet. Nor did 1 of the 6 deceased users of a moped or 1 of the 49 deceased motorcyclists.
By Autonomous Communities: Compared to last summer, the Autonomous Communities that have registered the greatest decreases have been Catalonia (-16) and Community of Madrid (-4)