Number of deaths on Spanish roads rises in first 9 months
The number of people who died in road accidents in the first nine months of this year in Spain rose compared with the same period of 2017, according to figures published on Monday by the country's Direction General of Traffic (DGT), Xinhua reported.
The data showed 895 people have lost their lives in road accidents so far in 2018, 12 more than a year ago.
99 people died in September, which is nine fewer than in September 2017, but the holiday period of July and August saw 157 deaths, 32 more than in 2017.
The news is released at the start of new campaign in Spain to insist on the use of seat belts, with the DGT highlighting that 229 of the total of 1,198 people who lost their lives in accidents in 2017 were not wearing seat belts
"Seat beats are still the most effective security measure in vehicles. The DGT hopes that all of these campaigns lead to raising awareness of the importance using them," DGT General Director Pere Navarro said in a statement.