The number of road deaths in Spain is still very high despite the govenment’s efforts to curb this trend by introducing the points system on driving licenses. Since 2001 there have been over 17,000 deaths on Spanish roads and there doesn’t really seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel as the figures show.
Why are there so many road deaths here in Spain? I believe it’s a cultural problem among the Spanish. The government has tried quite hard with their points system to sanction bad drivers and even with ad campaigns depicting death scenes and the effects of drink driving but all to no avail. It really does seem to go in one ear and out the other.
Only last week there was the case of motorcycle which had two passengers on it that crashed into a crowded bus stop in Gran Via in Barcelona not before killing an 80 year old pedestrian who was crossing the road with his wife. Of the 10 people hurt at the bus stop was a baby that was only a few months old. Sources say that the motorbike was travelling very fast.
This is not an isolated case, you only have to stand at any traffic light in Barcelona and count how many cars especially scooters and motorbikes decide to go before the lights turn green – it’s amazing Spain doesn’t have even more deaths. A lot of the people seem to think they are in these small towns whereby it’s even more common to pass the lights on red and this gung ho don’t give a damn attitude seems to be the norm today on Spanish roads. So unless the government and the DGT get their butts into gear and tackle this another way deaths on Spanish roads are going to be mounting up for some time not decreasing.
What do you think about this problem in Spain?