The lack of sufficient and adequate public transport, poor condition of the roads and a large number of “black spots” in Minorca are being blamed for the recent tragic spate of fatal accidents. Six people have died on the island this year, five of which have been British tourists and after three British lives were lost in 48 hours this week, there have been calls for the authorities to start resolving the problems on the island's roads. The British vice-consul to Minorca, Deborah Hellyer, said that events over the past few weeks, which started when a coach load of British tourists and travel representatives came off the road and ended on Tuesday with three deaths, two of the victims being aged under ten, have been “tragic.” Why the majority of the victims are British nobody knows, some says it is probably because the British tourist industry represents 70 per cent of visitors to the island. Few believe it is because British tourists are having to drive on the other side of the road. Most people however say the accidents are caused by the poor condition of the roads and visitors not knowing the roads.

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