By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
THE Palma to Inca stretch of motorway is the most dangerous road in the Balearics, with the death toll hitting a new high last year.
A total of 104 lives were lost, and 61 people injured to varying degrees, on Balearic roads last year.
Fatal accidents in Majorca claimed 86 lives, 15 more than in 2006, while in both Minorca and Ibiza, the number of lives lost on the roads was cut by half.

Central Government delegate to the Balearics, Ramon Socias, admitted yesterday that he is not impressed with the increase in accidents in Majorca and slammed the overall behaviour of drivers on the island as “very poor.” The traffic police have a list of Majorcan black spots including the widened Palma to Manacor road.
A total of 13 lives were lost on the Palma to Inca motorway alone.
Majorcan roads witnessed a total of 98 fatal accidents and Socias said that speeding continues to be the most common cause. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol was the cause of 13 fatal accidents. Equally worrying for the authorities is that over a third of the victims were aged under 30. “We're not happy,” said Socias, “yet again the death toll for the Balearics is over 100.” May, July and December were the most tragic months last year, with an average of 12 lives lost each month.
Last year, just five lives were lost in Minorca, although there have already been fatalities on the island's road this year.
In Ibiza, 13 people were killed in traffic accidents.

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