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Malaga province closes 2020 with 28 deaths on main roads, seven fewer than the previous year

Fatal accident in Pizarra in March 2020.
Fatal accident in Pizarra in March 2020. / SUR
  • The DGT statistics refer to secondary roads and motorways, but don't include local roads

The major roads of Malaga province were the scene of 28 deaths from traffic accidents in 2020 a decrease on the previous year and attributed mainly to the reduction in mobility during the pandemic.

Spain’s General Traffic Department (DGT) and the Ministry of the Interior have, this Thursday, published the annual data collected which shows a "historical" decrease in fatalities on secondary roads and motorways, although the figures don’t include local roads.

On a regional basis there were 184 victims throughout Andalucía compared to the 197 in 2019.

And at the national level, during 2020, there were 797 fatal accidents in which 870 people died. A total of 3,463 people required hospital admission after suffering an accident. These numbers represent a decrease of 21 per cent in the number of accidents and deaths, and a drop of 22 per cent in the number of injured.

The DGT said, “"It is the lowest death toll in history and the first time that the number of deaths on major roads is less than 1,000," attributing improved figures to the Covid-19 pandemic and the mobility limitations which saw a reduction in road traffic of 25 per cent.

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, sad that despite the decrease in the road deaths, "they are unacceptable figures for society.

"We all know that these deaths and serious injuries are mostly preventable and, therefore, we assume the obligation to avoid them."