The bikers worry the General direction of traffic. On the way to the new normality, and with the progressive reduction of travel restrictions, the DGT calls on the caution to motorcycle users, that have become an even more vulnerable group: in the last ten days the number of deaths has increased by 41%.
In the last three weekends, 7 of the 12 deceased were motorcycle users. “These figures show that the de-escalation seems to go hand in hand with an upward trend in the motorcycle accident rate ”, maintains the director of the DGT’s Road Safety Observatory, Álvaro Gómez.
For this reason, this weekend the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard will pay “special attention to this group and to his behavior on the road, even more so, when half of those fatal accidents have been due to road exits, a type of accident directly associated with distractions and speeding. ”
DGT is concerned that this is the first weekend in which all the citizens can circulate by its province, island or territorial unit, movements allowed in phases 1 and 2 of the de-escalation. This circumstance will generate a greater number of road trips compared to previous weekends, so traffic accidents will probably increase as well. To avoid unjustified trips outside the province, the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard will continue to carry out road checks.
The evolution of data
The figures of accidents related to two wheels were already beginning to worry in Traffic. According to the DGT registry of victims, in 2019 it was reached the maximum number of motorcyclists killed within 24 hours on interurban roads, with 264. Until that date, motorcyclists represented 19% of those who died on these roads in the previous four years; in 2019 the percentage increased to 24%. The number of deceased returned at 2010 levels.
In the first weeks of 2020, before the alarm state, the data was not good either: Between January 1 and March 14, 34 motorists lost their lives, two more than in the same period of the previous year. With the start of restrictions on free movement, the number of deceased motorists was reduced to six between March 15 and May 17, compared to 57 in 2019 in that period.
However, since May 18 the numbers have risen again. Since that day, when a large part of Spain went to phase 1, the number of deaths among motorcyclists has grown 41% regarding the data of the first period of the alarm state, while long-haul movements have only recovered 32%, according to the DGT. In just nine days, from May 18 to 26, seven motorists have died, as many as in the same period of 2019 despite the mobility restrictions still in force.