As Spain's high season hits its peak on the roads, with the national roads authority expecting a total of 91.2 million trips this summer, the DGT has revealed details of the controls they will have in place to monitor the traffic and drivers.
This summer, the Dirección General de Tráfico campaign has a total of 780 speed radar devices active (16 more than last year); 39 drones (an increase of 28); 12 helicopters; 15 unmarked vans and 216 seatbelt and mobile phone detection cameras in use on the Spanish road network.
The DGT has revealed the specific areas where the drones will fly, which can lead to fines if you fail to use a seatbelt or use a mobile phone while driving.
"The drones are intended to detect reckless behaviour on the road and monitor traffic in sections of roads at a high risk of accidents," the authority points out on its official Twitter account.
The devices fly at a height of 120 metres and can reach a maximum speed of 80 kph, and are able to detect offences committed one or two kilometres away from the drone.
According to the DGT itself, the 39 drones have about 40 minutes of flight time, high-definition cameras and will be spread throughout the country.
In Malaga province there will be two. One of the devices will have the capacity to issue fines, while the other will be used for monitoring traffic flows.
During the month of August there will also be two drones each in Galicia, the Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Valencia and Aragon; 15 in the Community of Madrid and neighbouring provinces such as Toledo, Guadalajara, Segovia, Ávila and Cuenca; two split between the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz, two split between the provinces of Huelva and Seville, three in the Balearic Islands and another three in the Canary Islands.
“Offences may be notified immediately by a Guardia Civil officer or later by post, and be accompanied by a frame showing the violation," explained the DGT itself during a presentation. The most common offences are using a mobile phone at the wheel - which can result in a 200 euro fine and the loss of six points from the licence or not using a seatbelt, which is punishable by a fine of up to 200 euros and the loss of three points.
¿Quieres saber dónde van a operar los 39 drones que forman parte del #DispositivoDGT para la 2ª #OperacionSalida2021 del #verano?— Dir. Gral. Tráfico (@DGTes) July 30, 2021
Están destinados a la detección de conductas temerarias en #carretera y a la vigilancia del tráfico en tramos de elevado riesgo de accidentes. pic.twitter.com/NltvhEUJ87