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Spain's 'Operation Summer' begins on the roads with 91.2 million trips expected

One of the mobile radar devices that will be in use.
One of the mobile radar devices that will be in use. / SUR
  • The national roads authority has launched its safety campaign, starting 2 July, which will feature 1,300 speed radar devices, drones and helicopters

A total of 780 fixed speed radars (16 more than last year), 545 mobile devices; 39 drones (28 more); 12 helicopters; 15 unmarked vans; and 216 seat belt and mobile phone control cameras are ready to monitor Spanish roads this summer.

Spain’s roads authority, the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) has asked the public "not to lower your guard" in a summer campaign in which 91.2 million trips by road are expected - mainly to coastal areas and second homes.

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, presented the new awareness campaign this Monday, 28 June, and detailed the resources that will monitor the roads in the coming months.

According to Grande-Marlaska, "After a long winter of confinements and restrictions, from which we are gradually emerging, we must be more careful than eve." The minister stressed that the recovery in traffic levels "is faster than expected" and the travel figures are already close to those of 2019.

So far in June, 110 people have died on major roads, 40 more than in the same period of 2019.

As part of the summer campaign roadside checks will also be set up to monitor the consumption of alcohol and drugs, since in 27 per cent of the autopsies carried out on deceased drivers, high levels of alcohol were found in the blood.

Specifically, the DGT has established four special operations: the first Operation Exit (from Friday, 2 July to Sunday, 4 July ); ‘Departure’ from from Friday, 30 July to Sunday, 1 August); ‘Special’ from Friday, 13 to Monday, 16 August); and Operation Return (from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August).

However, every weekend, extra traffic surveillance and regulation measures will be implemented.