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(Automatic translation)

Spain 2006-2015: The miracle decade for road safety?

Doctor in Civil Engineering. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid
España 2006-2015


The Commission of the European Communities in its European Action Programme for Road Safety 2011-2020 adopted an ambitious Road Safety Programme which aims to cut road deaths in Europe in half in the next decade.

In order to achieve this goal of halving the number of deaths in road accidents in Spain in this decade, the Traffic Department drew up the 2011-2020 Spanish Road Safety Strategy, which was a continuation of the 2005-2008 Road Safety Strategic Plan, the ultimate goal of which was the same: halving the number of fatalities.

Although the ultimate goal of the Plan and the Strategy were the same, the specific objectives and priorities were different, and certain indicators (called operational objectives in the Plan) were developed to monitor compliance with the same.

The indicators and operational objectives were different, and this article has calculated the values reached by the same and performed an analysis of their variations between 2003 and 2014 in the case of the Plan and from 2009 to 2014 in the case of the Strategy.

Subsequently they have been listed those who have not met the objectives, proceeding to detailed analysis of the most significant study, all of which has allowed to draw the final conclusions of the article.


Road safety, Strategy, Indicator, Claim ratio, Accident, Risk group, Victim, Injured, Dead.

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