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Road traffic fatalities fall to record low this summer

Source: El Pais - Tue 4th Sep 2012
Road traffic fatalities fall to record low this summer

Road deaths over this holiday season have reached record lows year, the government announced on Monday.

The head of the traffic department, María Seguí, told a news conference that 262 people were killed in road accidents during July and August of this year, 62 fewer than the same period in 2011. In July alone, the number of fatal accidents reached 111, with 117 deaths, a drop of 55 - some 32% - from a year earlier. There were 127 such crashes in August, with fatalities falling by seven to 152. The number of serious injuries also fell.

"This is a particularly welcome day," Seguí said. "It gives us reason for a lot of hope for the rest of the year. She congratulated the public as the "stars behind these results" in paying greater heed to safety advice.

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