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Road deaths increase 42% in first half of 2018

92 fatalities on Catalan roads up until June


11 July 2018 01:27 PM


ACN | Barcelona

92 people died on Catalan roads throughout the first half of this year, 42% more than 2017. The rate of accidents in the country has skyrocketed.

The situation is a “road emergency,” according to the director of the Catalan Transit Service (SCT,) Juli  Gendrau. This, as summer gets underway. The season is a complicated one for mobility.

During holidays in 2018, the number of fatal accidents on the roads increased by 90% to 40 deaths.

The Interior Minister Miquel Buch has called for drivers to be responsible, highlighting that traffic accidents can be avoided.

The main causes, according to the Catalan police? Speeding, alcohol, and drugs. All these factors have seen a rise as being the principal reason behind a crash in relation to last year. One out of four accidents were also caused by people not concentrating on the road. And now summer is underway, Catalan roads tend to be more dangerous, according to the Catalan police. The season is "traditionally complicated" in "terms of accidents:"