Everyone knows that radar speed traps aren't always in operation, but few people are aware of how often they are working during the year. The answer to a question in parliament from socialist MP Miguel Ángel Heredia has shown that the two radar machines on the A-45 Las Pedrizas motorway, dreaded by so many drivers, were only operative for 55 days in the whole of 2017.
This means that these cameras, which monitor the stretches between kilometres 135 and 140, and 125 to 128 (near the tunnels), only work once a week, and for the rest of the time they don't catch and fine a single driver for speeding.
What's more, the time when they are in operation is reducing. In 2016 they worked on 76 days a year, but in 2015 (the year after being installed) they were operative for 121 days. In the first six months of operation, one of them issued more fines than any others in Spain: 62,826, and the other was fourth in the country with 37,864.
Now, neither of them are among the top ten, although three others in the province are.