225 people have lost their lives this summer on the roads

Spectacular traffic accident in Granada on August 31. / photo: RC | video:ep

They are 15% more than last year and almost 5% more than 2019, the year before the pandemic; three out of four deaths took place on conventional roads without separation of directions


225 people have died in road accidents on the roads of our country during the months of July and August, 10 more fatalities (4.65%) than in 2019, the statistical reference year, while displacements have increased by 2.42 % (+2.2 million) compared to that summer. Compared to the summer of 2021 (even with the effects of the pandemic on travel), there are 34 more deaths, 15% more.

These data have been released this Monday by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, at a press conference in which he has been 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, José Ignacio Criado.

"It's not good data. In road accidents they never are. We are going to continue with our ambitious agenda set out in the 2030 Road Safety Strategy, which includes the measures that should allow us to reduce traffic accidents and their dramatic consequences," said the minister.

During the months of July and August there were 93.4 million trips, 2.42% more than in the summer of 2019. Specifically in July there were 45.3 million, 4.53% more than in July 2019 , and in August, 48.1 million, that is, 0.51% more than those registered in August 2019.

The day with the highest number of trips was Friday, August 12, with 1.8 million trips, and the day with the least mobility was Saturday, July 9, with 1.2 million.

In addition, Operation Crossing the Strait has been resumed, after two years of interruption due to the pandemic, and in the framework of which 624,662 vehicles transited our country by road. In addition, another 270,760 vehicles crossed Spain to Portugal.

As for the data by month, during the month of July there were 119 fatal accidents in which 128 people died, which is 11 more deaths than in July 2019. The day with the highest number of fatalities was Thursday 13 July with 11 deceased.

The number of deaths in the age group between 35 and 44 years increases with 43 deaths, 10 more than in 2019, the reference year for Traffic because it was the year before the pandemic

In August there were 92 fatalities in which 97 people died, 1 less than in the same month of 2019 and becoming the fourth consecutive year with less than 100 deaths in that month.

By type of road, three out of every four deaths have taken place on conventional roads without separation of directions (173). On highways and motorways there have been 52 deaths.

Fewer motorists killed

By means of displacement, deaths have increased in all media, except for motorcycle and van users.

The profile of the deceased motorcyclist is that of a man between 35 and 44 years old, who has an accident on a weekend, on a conventional road, due to off-roading.

There were 19 pedestrians killed and fifteen of them were run over at night or in the twilight, of which 11 were not wearing reflective clothing

Regarding pedestrians, of the 19 deaths, 8 have occurred on motorways and dual carriageways and 11 on conventional roads. In addition, 15 of the deceased pedestrians were hit at night or in the twilight, of which 11 were not wearing reflective clothing.

The decrease in accidents among motorcyclists has meant that the number of vulnerable users who died out of the total is 41%, the lowest percentage in the last four years.

By type of accident, road exits continue to be the accident with the highest number of fatalities, (40%) with 91 deaths, followed by head-on collisions (23%) with 52 deaths.

By sex and age, 81% of the deceased are men and 19% women. The number of deaths in the age group between 35 and 44 years increased with 43 deaths, 10 more than in 2019. Those between 55 and 64 years of age and 65 and over also increased with 43 and 42 deaths, respectively.

Regarding security systems, 22% of those who died in cars or vans were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident (21 deaths), a percentage that is lower than in previous years. Nor did 2 of the 52 deceased motorcyclists and 1 of the 7 bike users wear a helmet.

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