By Chris King • 13 July 2021 • 4:08
DGT to conduct speed awareness controls this week.
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DGT to conduct speed awareness controls on the roads of Spain this week with the aim of reducing accidents caused by speeding
A new speeding campaign will be carried out on Spanish roads by the DGT, between Monday 12, and Sunday 18, with the prime objective of reducing accidents.
According to the DGT, speeding is the cause of 23 percent of all fatal accidents, with reportedly more than 300 people dying in 2019 through accidents relating to excess speed, and it is for this reason that during these seven days, the technical and human resources of Traffic will concentrate on this campaign against speeding.
As proof of the purely preventive nature of this campaign, the DGT ensures that the controls will be announced to the drivers through the variable message panels, or, in their absence, with the circumstantial vertical signage.
In 2019 – as data from 2020, due to the pandemic, and the lack of activity, is not a true representation of statistics on the roads – data from the DGT shows that 41 per cent of fatalities occurred in road exits, while 27 per cent took place in frontal collisions.
For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Association for the Spinal Cord Injured and the Greatly Disabled (ASPAYM) collaborates with the DGT to conduct these controls, by helping to make drivers aware of the serious risk posed by not respecting speed limits.
Mayte Gallego, president of the National Federation of Aspa, assures that 30 volunteers will participate in the campaign, accompanying the Guardia Civil officers at the controls, and as a novelty, Gallego has added that this year they will replace the paper brochure that until now was given to drivers, with reflective bracelets that include a microsite that takes you to the website nocambiesderuedas.es, where tips are incorporated to prevent accidents of all kinds while driving, as reported by laopiniondemalaga.es.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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The DGT is not a road safety organization. Here’s why.
Over 6500 people die in road accidents.
300 are quoted as dying related to the cause of speed.
90%+ of all accidents and deaths are not speed-related, thus making a mockery of the focus of speed when only 10% of the time it is attributed.
4.5 million speeding fines issued.
DGT & Government are chasing money and NOT the cause of 90% of road accidents and deaths, which by their own figures, are not speed-related.
If we had no speed-related accidents, we’d still have 6200 road deaths per year.
Why not protect the public and investigate the true issues – such as bad roads, signage, poor driver education & of course drink driving.
With the automation of self-driving cars almost upon us, cars will soon drive themselves at the correct speed limit – so speeding fines won’t last forever – this is simply a money grab, while they can until they dream up something else.
Absolutely right, it is the easy way of making money. Double Parking or Parking on the roundabout or on crossroads, pedestrian crossings and by the traffic lights is not very interesting for the police, as it involves lots of work.
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