Speed traps revealed to cut road deaths

30th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 July 2004, MADRID – As Spain prepares for the annual holiday exodus this weekend, authorities have revealed where speed traps are for the first time.

30 July 2004

MADRID – As Spain prepares for the annual holiday exodus this weekend, authorities have revealed where speed traps are for the first time.

In an effort to reduce the number of fatal crashes on the roads, the Directorate of Traffic are to reveal the exact location of the speed radars.  

The DGT said there are 1,700 speed traps across the country.

They hope this will help to stop drivers from speeding – the main cause of fatal crashes in Spain.

Spain still has the most dangerous roads in Europe, with the highest number of fatal crashes.

Speed caused at least 20 percent of fatal crashes in August last year, the DGT said.

Operation Exit, launched was launched earlier this month, will also see twice the number of traffic police on the roads.

Spaniards are expected to make 5.5 million journeys this weekend as they head off on holiday.

Tougher checks on drink-drivers will also be part of the campaign.

At least 199,805 drivers were subjected to drink-drive tests this month and 3,968 failed.

Throughout August, there are 40 million car journeys in Spain.

More than 500km of extra traffic lanes will also be opened up on major roads to allow traffic to move more freely and for emergency services to reach accidents.

There will also be a series of blunt messages displayed on electronic boards throughout Spain, carrying warnings like: 'Fifty deaths in August 2003', 'Speed can kill' and 'It is important to return'.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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