STAFF REPORTER THE motorways of the Balearic Islands are amongst the safest in Spain for motorcyclists the regional Minister for Public Works, Jaume Carbonero, said yesterday.

Reporting on infrastructure projects carried out with state funding from 1998 to 2004, Carbonero said that 6.7 million euros had been invested in safety barriers along 112 kilometres of roads on the islands, including 48 percent of the whole length of all regional motorways.

Carbonero had invited representatives from motorcyclists' associations to the presentation. He explained that former lateral barriers with fixed vertical supports had caused riders involved in accidents on motorways to sustain multiple lesions and in some instances had resulted in fatalities. The Minister claimed that because of the investment in safety barriers, 38 accident black spots had been wiped from the Traffic department's records in the Balearics, making the islands one of the safest regions for motorcyclists in the country.

Some of the stretches with safety barriers are on the Llucmajor motorway, from Palma to Alcampo (on the Inca motorway), on the Son Ferriol and Manacor bypasses, and along the Sa Mola to the Port of Soller tunnel.