Speeding fines up 123 per cent in five years in Malaga

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IN the past five years, the number of speeding fines issued in Malaga city has increased by 123 per cent.

According to the local Safety Department, although the number of fines last year fell by 25 per cent, they had been climbing constantly since 2007.

Meanwhile, other fines, for illegal parking, failing to wear a helmet, unloading in unauthorized areas or using a mobile phone while driving, to name just a few, have fallen over the same period.

In 2007, when there were no speed traps in the city, there were 14,841 fines for speeding.

The first permanent speed traps were installed the following year, and fines dropped to 5,482, however, from then on they have risen.

In 2010, the peak, there were 44,046, and the fall in number last year is thought by the Local Police to be due simply to people using their cars less due to the financial crisis.

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