Crackdown against speeding on Spanish roads

11th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2005, MADRID - A major operation against speeding has been launched across Spain, with hundreds more police on major roads.

11 April 2005

MADRID - A major operation against speeding has been launched across Spain, with hundreds more police on major roads.

The General Traffic Authority (DGT) has started the operation to stop drivers breaking speed limits – the second biggest cause of accidents on Spanish roads, after drink driving.

Police are aiming to stop up to 1.5 million vehicles over the next two weeks while the operation is underway.

The only exceptions will be in the Basque Country and Catalonia, where regional police are to launch separate operations at a later date.

Warning signs telling motorists to cut their speed will be on 1,912 roads across the country.

The interior ministry is also to run a major media campaign on the radio and on television with the slogan: "The road is not a circuit. Control your speed."

The DGT said speeding had directly caused 706 fatal accidents last year, 23 percent of the 3,036 deaths.

They added that 1,000 other speed-related deaths could have been avoided if drivers had reduced their speed.

Last weekend, 24 people were killed in 20 accidents across Spain. Another 18 were injured.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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