The DGT warns of the effect of heat on the road after the increase in the number of deaths in July

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«2,124 deaths from heat wave and 131 from traffic accidents. I think the numbers speak for themselves«, noted Pere Navarro

In July, the number of deaths on the roads rose by 12% compared to the figures for the same period in 2019. According to the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT), these figures rise to 131 deaths and the agency attributes this increase to heat waves, as this factor reduces the ability to pay attention and react.

“Heat is a factor that influences and influences. We make mistakes in the heat, and mistakes on the road, behind the wheel, result in accidents,” said the Director General of the DGT, Pere Navarro, in an interview on the channel ’24 Horas’ collected by EP.

Specifically, 14 more people died in July than in 2019, the year before the pandemic, with movements increasing by 5%. «2,124 deaths from heat wave and 131 from traffic accidents. I think the numbers speak for themselves,” he emphasized. I think the numbers speak for themselves,” he emphasized.

With regard to the Traffic and Road Safety Act, which came into effect last March, Navarro pointed out that road safety messages should be simple. “If there is a speed limit, there is a speed limit. The exceptions kill the credibility of the norm,” he noted.

The Director General of the DGT also recalled that in this case the economic amount of the sanctions has not been affected. “We were evaluating it, but the country is not here to raise it. Road safety is also doing reasonably well, so it makes no sense to do that now,” he explains.

Asked about the prevention campaigns, Navarro emphasized that the campaigns must be accompanied by measures to be effective in the long term, otherwise they will only be reduced in the next six months and not the next.

“They tell us they are very hard, but the reality is much harder. Sometimes you have to draw attention to the drama behind accidents,” he said.

Navarro added that you should pay close attention if there is a breakdown and it is necessary to get out of the car on highways and freeways, as 40 people have died in accidents under these conditions in the last three years. “Don’t go down on the traffic side,” he emphasized.

He has also taken the opportunity to remind drivers of their responsibilities behind the wheel ahead of the celebrations of the patron saints’ festivities in the coming days and has emphasized that people who are drunk are not allowed to drive.

Source: La Verdad

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