A TOTAL of 102 people have lost their lives on Balearic roads so far this year, eight fewer than the same period last year.
Thirty-six of the victims were under the age of 30, compared to 53 last year, according to figures released yesterday by traffic headquarters.
The number of people injured in accidents was 93.
The report said that 84 of the people who died in crashes were men and 18 were women; 63 were drivers and 22 were passengers.
It also revealed that 53 of the accidents occured during the day and 35 at night.
The report goes on to say that 61 of the 102 victims used a seat belt or crash helmet, 13 were pedestrians and four were cyclists.
May was the most tragic month, with 14 deaths, and February saw the fewest (three).
Since 1995, a total of 1'418 people have died on the Balearic roads, 1'073 of them in Majorca, 104 in Minorca and 241 in Ibiza and Formentera.
The worst year was 1999, when 155 people died on the roads.
The traffic department's report did not say if the new points system driving licence introduced last summer had influenced the reduction in road deaths.