39 drones checking for road violations in Spain

by Deborah Cater
Drones in operation this summer to capture road violations. Image of drone in the air

The Spanish Traffic Service DGT has been using drones since 2019 to monitor and detect road violations. Where are these drones? And which radars hand out the most fines in Spain?

Drones are used by DGT to detect road violations, such as reckless driving, and control traffic, especially in high-risk areas and on roads used by vulnerable users, such as pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists.

That is why the DGT will have 39 surveillance drones from 7 July. That is 28 more than in 2020. 95 staff members are specially trained on drone operations. 35 will operate the drones while the other 60 manage the cameras installed in the drones. This concerns both DGT employees and traffic officers.

Operation and features of the DGT drones

The accredited pilot to handle flight checks is responsible for putting the drone into service. It is then the operator who controls and manages the camera placed in it. Any offense committed will provide a framework with evidence of this.

The road violations detected by the drones can be reported by an agent of the traffic police of the Guardia Civil at the time of the violation itself. Alternatively, the violation  or after subsequent processing of the violation by the competent authorities.

How are the drones distributed?

The 39 drones are all over Spain. Only the autonomous regions of the Basque Country and Catalonia have their own traffic police and enforcement. Each existing helicopter patrol in A Coruña, Zaragoza, Valladolid, Seville, Malaga and Valencia will be given two drones to monitor traffic for road violations. The central base in Madrid will receive 15 drones and together with Castilla la Mancha they will provide reinforcements in the rest of the country if necessary.

Where are the DGT drones in Spain?

There will be 2 drones per area in Asturias, Cantabria and Extremadura and 3 in the Balearic and Canary Islands. Each drone can operate at an altitude of 120 meters, reach a speed of 80 kilometres per hour and withstand temperatures of 20 to 45 degrees. The autonomy is a maximum of 40 minutes. After that, the battery is replaced and the flight resumes immediately.

What about radars?

The Traffic Service published the following list of the 50 fixed radars that imposed the most fines in 2020.

More than 30,000 fines

Andalucia, Málaga, A-7 km. 246: 48,771 fines

Region of Valencia, Valencia, AP-7 km. 478: 47.711

Region of Madrid, Madrid, A-4 km. 13: 37.316

Andalucia, Málaga, A-7 km. 256: 34,317

Andalucia, Seville, SE-30 km. 10: 33.163

Region of Murcia, Murcia, RM-19 km. 17: 30.617

Region of Valencia, Valencia, V-31 km. 5: 30.107

More than 20,000 fines

Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, A-3 km. 156: 29,302

Region of Madrid, Madrid, AP-6 km. 49: 27,820

Region of Madrid, Madrid, M-40 km. 52: 26,442

Region of Madrid, Madrid, A-4 km. 12: 26.016

Region of Madrid, A-5 km. 12:25.996

Andalucia, Granada, A-92 km. 256: 25.082

Andalucia, Seville, A-92 km. 83: 23.180

More than 10,000 fines

Andalucia, Málaga, MA-20 km. 10:19.645

Galicia, A Coruna, AC-11 km. 3: 19,326

Region of Valencia, Castellon, N-340 km. 960: 18,960

Balearic Islands, MA-1 km. 15: 16.892

Region of Madrid, Madrid, A-2 km. 15: 16,446

Castilla y Leon, Salamanca, A-66 km. 340: 15,927

Region of Valencia, Valencia, A-7 km. 337: 15,781

Andalucia, Seville, A-92 km. 29: 15,775

JammFM Radio

Region Navara, Navarre, A-15 km. 127: 15,731

Region of Valencia, Alicante, N-332 km. 140: 14.581

Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, A-4 km. 135: 14,512

Aragon, Huesca, N-240 km. 202: 14.402

Galicia, Lugo, A-8 km. 545: 14.289

Balearic Islands, EI-600 km. 9: 14.271

Canary Islands, Las Palmas, GC-1 km. 5:14.145

Galicia, Pontevedra, A-55 km. 9:14.023

Andalucia, Seville, A-49 km. 0: 13.777

Region of Valencia, Alicante, A-70 km. 2: 13.731

Galicia, Pontevedra, A-55 km. 11: 13.329

La Rioja, La Rioja, AP-68 km. 78: 13.134

Castilla y Leon, Segovia, A-1 km. 125: 13,030

Andalucia, Málaga, A-45 km. 128: 12.856

Cantabria, Cantabria, A-8 km. 144: 12,769

Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, TF-1 km 59 12.541

Castilla y Leon, Burgos A-1 km. 234: 12.334

Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, A-4 km. 230: 12.328

Region of Valencia, Castellon, AP-7 km. 390: 12,074

Andalucia, Málaga, A-384 km. 89: 11,765

Andalucia, Cadiz, A-381 km. 37: 11,291

Galicia, Pontevedra, A-52 km. 282: 11,100

Castilla y Leon, Zamora, A-52 km. 99, 10,958

Region of Madrid, Madrid, A-42 km. 13: 10,780

Region of Murcia, Murcia, RM-15 km.13: 10.758

Castilla y Leon, Burgos A-1 km. 194: 10.703

Andalucia, Granada, A-44 km. 132: 10.701

Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo A-42 km. 71: 10.556

Google Maps and the free turn-by-turn GPS navigation application Waze are not only useful for finding your way, but also warn you where there is a mobile radar or police control. To see the location of the DGT fixed radars on Google Maps, enter the route in the navigator and look at some orange symbols in the shape of a globe (fixed radars) and blue (mobile radar images). On Waze, a camera or a symbol of a police officer will appear on the route as a warning for a fixed or mobile check.

Of course, the best way to avoid fines is to abide by the speed limits and stay safe on the roads.

You may also like