As already announced the number of deaths on the roads of 2019 is lower than in 2018. And that despite the number of trips, vehicles and drivers was higher. Thus, according to the DGT Road Safety Balance, presented today by the acting Interior Minister, 2019 concluded with 1,098 deaths, the historical minimum of road fatalities.
Specifically, during the past year there were 1,007 fatal accidents in which, in addition to the deceased, 4,395 people required hospital admission. This means a 6.7% decrease in the number of accidents, 7.6% less deaths and 3.8% less serious injuries.
Fernando Grande-Marlaska highlighted this decrease, “the historical minimum since the number of victims killed on the roads is computed.” To date, 2015 was the year with the least deaths: 1,131. This year, despite registering 50 million more trips than in 2015, three million more vehicles and one million more drivers, the number of people who have lost their lives in traffic accidents is lower.
“These data seem to indicate that a change in trend is being consolidated that began last year in which for the first time and after four years of increase in deaths there was a slight decrease of 0.8%,” added Grande-Marlascka . In any case, 1,098 deaths from displacement remain unacceptable.
But despite the good data, there are other alarming ones, such as the increase in recent years of deceased vulnerable users, which already account for 40% of fatalities, when in 2009 they accounted for 30%. Thus, in 2019 264 motorists died, 47 more than in 2018. That is, 21.66% more than in 2018. The number of deceased cyclists also increased: 40, four more than in the previous year. “The number of cyclists has increased significantly and increases year after year,” said the acting Interior Minister who, when asked about the increase in motorcyclist victims, said that “this is our great concern. That is why we are going to make a specific plan for motorists and the rest of the vulnerable group ”.
In contrast, the number of dead pedestrians and mopeds decreased: 22 and 11 fewer deaths than in 2018, respectively.
This balance also throws another striking fact: it is the first time in history since there are records in which one year closes with zero fatalities by bus in interurban roads.
20% of those killed on the roads did not wear a seat belt
And despite how much progress has been made in the implementation of safety accessories, the truth is that 20% of those killed in cars and vans were not wearing a seat belt: 116 dead. If they had taken him, “50% of these deceased could have been saved,” Grande-Marlaska said. As for the moral victims on motorcycle, 11 did not wear the helmet, as well as 16 of the 40 dead cyclists.
The acting Interior Minister also highlighted another fact: there have been 37 days with zero deaths on the roads. On average, 3 people died each day. The day of greatest road accident on Sunday, July 21: with 13 deaths.