During Easter Week 2018, a total of 30 people lost their lives in road traffic accidents on intercity roads in Spain. The Department of Traffic has offered provisional 24 hour information, meaning that the figures do not include possible victims within 30 days or those occurring on city roads. These are the first figures gathered by the Department of Traffic in order to provide a first assessment. These figures show that no child under the age of 14 died in a road traffic accident.
No child died on the highways during Easter Week last year and during this year's vacation time again no child under the age of 14 died on these roads. Data demonstrates that there has been an uptake in the use of child restraint sytems and they are proving to be effective. Road accident rates during this period have recorded a total of 30 fatalities, which is 3 more than last year.
The significant number of road trips taken in a short period of time is worth highlighting. Added to this were the unfavorable weather conditions in certain parts of the country.
Returning to the age range groups, the Department of Traffic data shows that there were no fatalities under the age of 24 years old, meaning that there has been no loss of life among the age range from 15 to 24 years old on the roads. In fact, the majority of victims range from 35 to 44 years old, from 45 to 54 years old and from 75 to 84 years old, where 5 fatalities were recorded in each age group. There were also 4 fatalities from the age range 25 to 34 years old and 3 people died between the ages of 65 and 74.
It should be noted that 2 of the 16 people who died in cars were not wearing a seat belt.
As we have explained, this is only the provisional data and we will need to wait to find out the final total figures. Regardless, the reduction in children's road accident fatalities is something which is happening over a number of years in Spain, particularly the reduction in fatalities due to failure to use a CRS. We recommend the article ‘Spain is approaching its goal of 0 child fatalities without child restraint systems’ where we outline how to achieve this goal by 2020. Children's road accident rates have dropped by 74.07% in 9 years (2007-2016).