The DGT will deploy 300 new radars to avoid speeding: how they will be and how they will be distributed

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The DGT turn on the administrative machinery to strengthen surveillance on the country’s highways with 180 new section radars and 120 fixed ones, a deployment of 300 cinemometers with which it wants to increase the chances of “hunting” drivers who go too far with the accelerator.

Traffic investment will amount to €17.5 million and will allow you ensures, “continue with the work of improving safety” on the country’s roads. Once installed and activated, the devices will complete the dense mesh of sensors —including mobile ones— distributed throughout Spain.

What do we know about the new Traffic “signings”? One of the keys that the announcement suggests is that the body wants to bet on section controls, considerably increasing your current deployment. Another is how will they be distributed the new devices: 80% will be installed on conventional roads and 20% on high-capacity roads, such as highways and motorways. “These percentages should be considered approximate, but they will serve as a guide”, signal traffic.

More “eyes” for throttle friends

Less level of detail is given about its geographical distribution, of which not much is said at the moment. It is known that the contract will be divided into two batches – each one of 150 radars: 60 fixed instantaneous speed and 90 of section -, which throws some clues about how will the map look.

The first of the batches will focus on the Southwest and Southeast areas, the Levante area, the Pyrenees-Ebro Valley and the Balearic Islands. The second will be limited only to the roads dependent on the Traffic Management Centers of the central zone, Northwest-Cantabrian and the North region.

About times, the lead time collected in the sheet It is 42 months.

When justifying the investment the DGT influences in that “the accident rate recorded on interurban roads requires the adoption of as many measures as are necessary to improve safety” and that driving faster than it should be is one of the most common causes of accidents. For that very reason, he stresses, he maintains “a zero-tolerance approach to speeding.”

The official data of the DGT show that in 2021 only the ten least respected fixed and section speed cameras in its network added more than 341,700 complaints. At the head was the cinemometer installed at point 478 of the AP-7, in Valencia, with 60,525 complaints, even above the balance of 2019, the last year free of the effect that the pandemic had on mobility.

The speed cameras also represent an important source of income for Traffic. Associated European Motorists (AEA) calculate that last year the DGT collected 444.3 million euros in fines, the highest figure, they say, in the last ten years. In 2021, the agency would have registered 4.8 million complaints on the roads under its jurisdiction, 23.6% more than in 2020.

In that balance, the cinemometers have a lot to say. The SAA report reveals that speeding leads the sanctions rankingwith more than three million complaints, well above the second cause, circulating without the ITV, which during 2021 gave rise to 591,100 files.

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The DGT turn on the administrative machinery to strengthen surveillance on the country’s highways with 180 new section radars and…

The DGT turn on the administrative machinery to strengthen surveillance on the country’s highways with 180 new section radars and…

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