By Sally King
DOZENS of lives have been saved since new driving measures were introduced.
Overall, 59 less people have died this year compared to last year.
Between January and May, 561 people died in accidents on Spanish roads, which compares to 620 last year.
The decrease in fatal accidents at 9.5 per cent was even bigger than in 2010, which saw an overall drop of 9.1 per cent on the previous year.
All regions have seen a drop apart from Aragon, Cantabria and Murcia.
Navarra saw the biggest drop in car accidents with a decrease of 50 per cent.
For the first time on record, the Easter period saw road deaths fall below 40.
Neither the government or the Traffic Department would confirm that the drop is due to the introduction of new 110kph speed limits on the motorways.
However, they did admit that it could be one of the contributing factors.
Other measures, such as a campaign to prevent, people using mobile phones at the wheel and other distractions, are likely to have had an effect.