THE number of deaths on Spanish roads has fallen to its lowest level since the 1960s.
It is the tenth year in a row that the number of fatal accidents has fallen across the country.
Official figures for 2013 released by the DGT traffic authority reported that 1,128 people had died on Spanish roads last year.
That is a massive drop of 13% on the previous year when 1,301 died.
There are now less deaths on Spanish roads than in the UK, France and German and the average number of deaths per day has plummetted from 10.9 in 2003 to 3.1 last year.
The figures take Spain back to 1960, when the total number of vehicles on the roads was just a million, compared to the 31 million currently circulating, according to the latest DGT figures.
In addition to the decline, the DGT reported that there were 29 days where there were no deaths at all, EVEN including New Year’s Eve.
Factors behind the reduction, which has fallen by 65% since 2005, include new speed limits (motorways have dropped from 130kph to 120kph) as well as hefty fines and bans for the driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The compulsory use of front and rear seatbelts, as well as child seats, was also a factor, although six children who died in traffic accidents were not wearing seatbelts.
The figures also revealed that 80% of fatal accidents took place on normal roads, 15% on motorways and 5% on toll roads.
There were 194 deaths on the road in Andalucia last year, down 27 from the year before.
The worst year for fatalities ever recorded was 1990, when 5,940 people died on Spanish roads.
Hundreds used to die in the early 1990s on every single bank holiday weekend as drivers routinely drove drunk.