Lowest number of traffic deaths ever in 2020 because of Covid restrictions

Spain registered its lowest number of traffic accident deaths since records began in 2020. Covid-19 restrictions prevented people from driving frequently. Some 1,370 people lost their lives in traffic accidents and the death rate stood at 29 deaths per million inhabitants, one of the lowest in the European Union in 2020.

In 2020, 1,370 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, the lowest figure since records began. The number also includes people who died within 30 days after the accident occurred.

According to the government, “The decrease in the death toll occurred in a context of a reduction in long-distance trips caused by mobility restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The death rate stood at 29 deaths per million inhabitants, one of the lowest in the European Union in 2020, only behind Sweden (18), Malta (21) and Denmark (27). The average rate for the countries of the European Union was 42. In the European Union as a whole, the mortality rate per million inhabitants decreased by 17 per cent between 2019 and 2020, while in Spain this reduction was 22 per cent.


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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