Spain publishes speed trap locations in bid for safety

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MOTORISTS in Spain will soon know the location of all speed cameras and traps thanks to the Spanish traffic authority (DGT).

What’s more, drivers will get early warnings of the presence of an upcoming speed control in order to make Spanish roads safer.

Director general of the DGT, Maria Segui, said that all speed controls, both mobile and fixed, would be clearly visible on the roads for motorists.

“This initiative is being adopted so that drivers will respect established speed limits, particularly on stretches of road that have been identified as especially dangerous,” said Ms Segui. “Violation reports are not our final goal. Speed in and of itself is neither good nor bad, but the challenge lies in managing it.”

The DGT are to publish on their website the location of all checkpoints in Spain in order to raise awareness about the need for safe driving. In January of this year, there was a 44 per cent rise in road deaths over the same month in 2014. Despite the bad month, in 2014 there were fewer road fatalities than the year before.

“Our 2014 figures consolidate us as one of the safest countries in terms of moving around,” said Ms Segui. “France and England have informed about annual rises of two to six per cent in road deaths, and Germany is anticipating a two per cent increase.”

 

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