the simplest method to know when a speed camera really goes off

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The persecution of speeding has intensified in recent years. To the reduction of speed limits to 90 km/h on all secondary roads must be added the impossibility of exceeding by 20 km/h the maximum limit allowed on secondary roads to overtake, a recent regulation that has come into force with the recent reform of the Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety.


The changes. Despite numerous voices to the contrary, the Government has decided that, in order to increase safety on secondary roads, it will not be possible to overtake by exceeding the maximum speed limits. A measure that has its detractorsespecially among drivers’ defense associations, but which also has the backup of groups that provide protection to victims of traffic accidents.

radars. Critics were quick to point out that the new standard was due to the intention of the DGT to increase the number of speed cameras on this type of road. With the change, processing fines would be easier. something that even Pere Navarro has admitteddirector of the organization, who assures that the fact of not having this margin discourages overtaking and will avoid unnecessary maneuvers that put the safety of drivers at risk.

the rule of 7. In relation to the latter, some time ago the Civil Guard confirmed at what speed the radars accurately fined. He did it with a simple tweet in which he validated the so-called “Rule of 7”. When driving below 100 km/h, the radar detects that we are exceeding the maximum speed allowed from 7 km/h above the limit. On a 90 km/h secondary road, it would fine us 97 km/h. When we exceed the 100 km/h barrier, it detects us if we exceed the limits by 7%. That is, at 120 km/h, it will report speeding if we exceed 128.4 km/h.

The data. One way or another, crash data continues to point to secondary roads as the most insecure. In fact, seven out of ten deaths on Spanish roads occur on this type of road. In them, in addition, 72% of drivers admit to exceeding the maximum limits allowed, according to data from the DGT.

Impossible. In its defense of the impossibility of exceeding the maximum margin to overtake, Fesvial points out that, in a head-on collision at 105 km/h or more, it is practically impossible to survive. In the same situation but at 80 km/h, the driver and passengers have a 65% chance of losing their lives. Despite everything, leaving the road continues to be the most common reason for deaths on these roads, with 37% of them.

radars "invisible" of the DGT cease to be so with this map: where to find them to avoid the new fines

Europe. The new overtaking regulations and the lowering of speed limits to 90 km/h on all roads have left Spain in the European average. In most of countries around us This is the maximum speed at which to circulate on this type of road. Germany raises it to 100 km/h but in Ireland, the Netherlands or Denmark it is reduced to 80 km/h. Until 2019 and in overtaking, in Spain you could legally reach 120 km/h on some secondary roads, a higher limit than any other country on the Old Continent.

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The persecution of speeding has intensified in recent years. To the reduction of speed limits to 90 km/h on all…

The persecution of speeding has intensified in recent years. To the reduction of speed limits to 90 km/h on all…

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