Millions take to the Spanish highways

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31 July 2007 , MADRID – Millions of people will take to the nation’s highways starting on Tuesday as the August holidays begin and extra police are being deployed to deal with choke-points, traffic jams and accidents, Spain’s General Traffic Directorate (DGT) announced.

31 July 2007

MADRID – Millions of people will take to the nation’s highways starting on Tuesday as the August holidays begin and extra police are being deployed to deal with choke-points, traffic jams and accidents, Spain’s General Traffic Directorate (DGT) announced.

According to the DGT, around 3.4 million individual automobile journeys will take place between 3 p.m. on Tuesday and midnight on Wednesday with the highest concentrations of traffic leading to the Spanish coastal regions.

Peak travel hours for what officials call “Operación Salida” will be between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Authorities asked motorists to avoid making their journeys during those hours if at all possible.

Most traffic flows will be from the centre of the country towards the Mediterranean coast and will mostly affect highways in the regions of Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia.

There are to be 8,350 civil guards on highway duty as well as 400 traffic technicians during the two days. A fleet of 18 helicopters are to keep an eye on highways around the country.

In a bid to catch speeders, 250 radar-equipped vehicles are also to be deployed.

Last year, 40 people lost their lives in “Operación Salida” which coincided with a weekend. Traffic authorities are hoping there will be fewer fatalities this year.

(Copyright EFE with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish News 

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