Almost 15 million trips forecast on Spain’s roads over Easter

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SPAIN’S Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) have launched the second phase of their  Holy Week operation and are advising road users to plan their trips to avoid congestion.

Of the 14.8 million trips planned for the entire Easter period from 7 to 17 April, 8.8 million will be made during this second phase, so it is advisable to plan your trip and avoid the busiest times.

They warn that  the main traffic flow will be from urban centres to coastal tourist areas, second residences, towns with traditional religious acts or mountain tourist areas.

More than 800 DGT officials and specialised technical staff will be on duty alongside all available Guardia  Civil traffic police and additional health and firefighting personnel.

In order to improve traffic flow reversible and additional lanes will be installed on some roads.

Sports and other major events will be limited.

Trucks carrying dangerous goods and vehicles that require special authorisation to drive at certain times of the days will also be restricted from travelling.

The DGT are also warning that conventional roads are where the greatest number of fatal accidents occur. Curves, crossings, overtaking and changes of gradients all present hazards and drivers should moderate their speeds accordingly.

They remind road users that  all occupants of the vehicle must wear seat belts and that the alcohol limit for drivers is zero.

The state of the roads can be checked before you make your journey by telephone on 011, twitter @informacionDGT,  installing the DGT app on your smartphone or via the radio and television news bulletins.

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