Costa Del Sol Summer Road Deaths Increase In Spain

Road deaths on Spain’s Costa del Sol have increased this summer in 2021

Six people lost their lives on Malaga’s roads this summer, one more than in 2020.

Four of the fatal accidents occurred on high-speed roads and freeways and half of the deaths were people riding motorbikes.

The extra death revelation was revealed by figures released from the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) released yesterday by the Sub delegation of the Government, in its report on the Special Operation at the close of August.

“This summer has been different from others, with a lot of circulatory intensity every day. There have been continuous traffic jams with many movements within the province, in addition to collisions for not keeping the safety distance as a result of distractions,” said police sources of the Guardia Civil Traffic’s unit.

They especially highlighted the use of mobile phones while driving and the so-called ‘rubbernecking’ by drivers starring at accidents in the opposite direction, which causes even more delays.

In total, 186 accidents were recorded in July and August, compared to 137 in the same period in 2020.

Michel Watkins a driving instruction officer in Fuengirola told Global247news: ” It’s crazy really, we’ve had fewer cars due to fewer tourists in hire cars but still the rate of accidents go up!”

 

 

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