We have a Monday busy, in which not only starts a week, but also a year. The first working day of the year arrives with the presentation of the Balance of Road Safety 2015, in which Traffic and the Ministry of the Interior, headed by María Seguí, and Jorge Fernández Díaz, has presented a report on traffic accidents in our country in 2015. This initial assessment focuses on deaths due to traffic accidents on intercity highways, on the spot, or within 24 hours after the accident. A figure that in 2015 has reached 1,126 deaths, six fewer than last year. Which leads us to do an x-ray of the accidents in Spain and the causes that generated them.
This analysis is prepared on the provisional figures of 2015, which include deaths on roads within a maximum period of 24 hours after the accident. The final figures, and complete, will provide Traffic in the coming months.
1. The deceased continue to decline. In Spain have been produced 1.018 fatal accidents on roads, in which have died 1.126 people, a figure that however much you follow dwindling, year after year, we still appear to be a genuine scandal. In 2004 died 3.464 people and in 1989, the year the most terrible on our roads, a total of 5.940 people.
2. We speak of a new historical minimum, even lower than the records of the sixties, of the first years in which statistics were accident. In 1960, died in Spain 1,300 people as a result of traffic accidents. But then in Spain there were only one million vehicles. In 2015 the number of cars exceeds 31 million.
3. Not only is there the emphasis on the deceased, but also on the wounded. In 2015 died 1.126 people, but neither can we forget the 4.843 people who were hospitalized as a result of his injuries. Are 105 injured hospitalized less than in 2014.
4. why do you only take into account the deceased to 24 hours and on roads? To be fair, we need not consider this point as a triquiñuela of the Spanish authorities to conceal the deceased. This initial assessment focuses only on the figure – provisional – of the deceased to 24 hours, but in the next few months will be published consolidated figures, which include to the victims 30 days of accidents occurring on urban roadways, and interurban. The rigor until we have those figures, we have to compare these figures with the equivalent of 2014, that is to say, also in roads and 24 hours. In 2014 died 1.132 people in traffic accidents with these characteristics.
5. The mortality by traffic accidents in Spain is in to 3.6 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, below a 5.1 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than the European Union average.
6. The recovery (or the first signs that are pointing in that direction) also could affect highway travel. According to the records of Traffic, on long-distance trips in Spain have increased by 14 million over the previous year.
7. the age of The car influences but not like we usually have. It is obvious that a modern car is safer than one built for ten, twenty, or thirty years. But we have not let ourselves be fooled by those who try, from statistics, to justify that relationship, there are relevant data of which we do not have, as the distance they travel each year to the older cars. In 2015 the average age of passenger cars involved in fatal accidents stood at 11.3 years, a lower figure than the 12.3 years of 2014.
8. Of the 3,489 for tests that were performed on drivers involved in accidents (not necessarily fatal) were identified 735 positive for illegal drugs. A total of 22.451 drivers, not necessarily involved in accidents tested positive in these tests.
9. The conventional pathways continue to be more dangerous than the tracks of high-capacity, dual carriageways and motorways. Fatal accidents in the conventional have increased, and on dual carriageways and motorways have decreased in 51 deaths. 8 out of every 10 deaths in 2015 died in conventional pathways.
10. One of the figures most terrible of the statistics of 2015 we have in the use of the security elements. 175 die in traffic accidents in 2015 were not using the seat belt or helmet, in the case of motorcycles. 175 people who might have been saved by something as simple as wear a belt or helmet.
11. The age groups in which they have died more people, drivers and passengers, have been between 35 and 44 years (19%) and between 45 and 54 years (16%). Over 65 years of age, covering 22% of the deceased. Only have died, 20 children, 4 fewer than in 2014, of up to 14 years. We insist, drivers and passengers.
12. Returning to the theme of the traditional routes, why produce fatal accidents on these roads? According to Traffic, 40% due to leaving the road, and 24% in frontal collisions. I think that is an element that is truly interesting to think about how important it is to maintain concentration, especially on these roads, and perform overtaking with safety.
13. In 2015 have died, 42 cyclists on road, 6 less than in 2014.
14. In 2015 have died, 114 pedestrians, we insist, on the road. A fact that again should make us reflect on how important it is circular to foot with safety, respecting the rules, and with clothing that enhances our security.
15. One last piece of information very interesting, especially for those parents travelling with their young children. In 2015, have died and 13 children up to 12 years, four of which did not use any accessory security in the time of the accident.
Source: Ministry of the Interior