The DGT traffic department has revealed that during the special traffic monitoring campaign of Easter this year, the age group between 45 and 54 years of age, in cars and on secondary roads, bore the largest proportion of fatalities.

However, in a statement, the Dgt do say that they “cannot generalize because every victim counts, and is a different person”; the statistics for this year reveal a total of 35 people losing their lives on the roads.

In total, the 35 people died and another 149 were injured in the 28 fatal accidents during the Easter period, 86% of which occurred on traditional, secondary roads. Four of those killed were not wearing a seatbelt.

Despite initial estimates of the quietest period for some time, there were 12.9 million trips on the roads, an increase of one million over last year.

Although the data is a tragic realization of the dangers on the roads, with an increase in the number of deaths last year, the data is below average on a five year comparison, the average being 48 deaths, and continues a 15 year downward trend. In 2003, a year where Easter was celebrated at the same time of year as 2014, the death toll was an incredible 129 people.

Amongst the 35 people who lost their lives, were a child of 5 years of age, 6 motorcyclists, 2 cyclists, 2 pedestrians 5 truck or van drivers and 18 car passengers.

The majority of accidents occurred during the day, between 2 in the afternoon and 8 in the evening. Saturday the 12th and Sundays the 13th and 20th were the days with the most fatalities recorded in a single day.

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