DGT Safety Feature May Actually Be Causing More Deaths

Safety Proceedure That Has Potential To Be Lethal

End of red triangle? Credit: SKT Sudio/Shutterstock.com

The Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) is studying statistics involving an obligatory safety feature that they believe could actually be contributing to road fatalities.

Pere Navarro, the director of the Spanish traffic authority (DGT), has explained that his department is studying the elimination of the law requiring signposting accidents on motorways and dual carriageways, writes Nuis Diario, Tuesday, June 27.

The DGT has collected statistics which have put one particular safety requirement under the microscope, after fears that it may be putting drivers at risk with a number of people hit by vehicles on the road.

Red Triangle

The problem has been highlighted due to the number of people who are killed when they get out of their vehicle to signal an accident or breakdown by placing a red triangle on the road.

The DGT has now raised concerns that positioning these signs, on motorways and dual carriageways, may be causing more safety infringements than benefits.

Reputedly, this is one of the worst black marks in national road accident statistics in which deaths from other causes are decreasing. By putting an end to placing a warning symbol on the road, the aim is to reduce the number of deaths.

The alternative solution is the use of what is called a V-16 beacon which is available to buy now and is expected to become mandatory in January 1, 2026.

Replacement Safety Feature

The V-16 beacon is a light that is placed on the roof of the car and also has a built-in geolocator. It also has one major significant advantage over the red triangle warning sign.

The V-16 is visible at 1,000 metres and sends a signal to the DGT cloud so that emergency services and other drivers are aware of the danger. Crucially the driver does not have to leave the vehicle since it is enough to just open the window and position it.

It is believed that Spain will be the first country in the EU to instigate the mandatory use of the V-16 from 2026.

Between 2021 and 2022, 42 people were killed after getting out of their vehicles on interurban roads.

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John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Naimah Yianni

      28 June 2023 • 15:30

      well it isn´t the first time that “authorities” have imposed rules that kill people, is it?

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