An exhaustive work collecting the most important figures for analysis and publication to educate directly Spanish drivers and indirectly pedestrians, cyclists, older people and the young on the need to aim for zero injuries and zero deaths on our roads.
In 2013 Spain occupied 5th position in the European ranking for road deaths: 36 in every million inhabitants, of those 3% were children. It is a figure that puts us under the European average (which is 52 in every million) and puts us on the way to reaching the goal of our Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020. Although these figures represent a reduction of 12% compared the previous year, we are still a long way off reaching our final objective of 0 road deaths.
During 2013 there were 89,519 accidents involving victims of who 1,680 died at the scene or within 30 days, 10,086 hospital admittances and 114,634 minor injuries. Out of the deaths, 46 were children between the age of 0 and 14 years. There were also 410 infants seriously injured and 5,502 with minor injuries and 25 children were passengers killed on highways. On both urban and inter-urban roads 15 child pedestrians were killed, 5 cyclists and 1 driving a tractor.
Even with the regulations and education campaigns, 22% of those killed and 10% of those seriously injured in cars and vans on highways were not wearing a seatbelt. Neither were 21 of the 75 killed on urban roads or in fact 21% of those seriously injured.
Of the infant victims, 4 of the 20 children under 12 killed, 20%, were not using a child restraining system at the time of the accident. Neither were 14 of the 88 seriously injured, 16%, nor 197 of the 2,741 with minor injuries, 7%. These are unthinkable figures that could have been greatly reduced by using an adequate child restraining system.
For this reason at the MAPFRE FOUNDATION we want to emphasize the need to always make child safety a priority and to use all the methods of child protection we have at our disposal. Whatever the distance of the journey, children must always be correctly secured: with a child seat up to 135cms in height and after using a seatbelt properly adjusted. If not, a booster seat is essential for their safety.
We must ensure that children travel with the best protection available at all times. With the common goal being that no children are killed on our roads.