Increase in speeding drivers on conventional roads

by Lorraine Williamson
speeding drivers

The latest report from the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has highlighted a worrying trend: an increasing number of drivers are not adhering to speed limits, particularly on conventional roads. Despite ongoing campaigns and enforcement efforts, the percentage of drivers caught speeding on these roads has risen to 65.8%, up by 0.9% compared to the previous year.

During the campaign conducted between April 15 and 21, Guardia Civil Trafico established 3,988 speed control points, monitoring a total of 833,665 vehicles. This represents an increase of 1,150 control points and 41,327 more vehicles compared to the campaign conducted in April of the previous year.

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Of the total vehicles monitored, 47,346 drivers (5.7%) were reported for exceeding the speed limit, a percentage similar to that of the April 2023 campaign.

Breaking down the data according to road type, the report reveals that 31,146 drivers (65.8%) were reported for speeding on conventional roads, an increase of 0.9% compared to the previous year. Additionally, 14,657 drivers (31%) were reported for speeding on highways and motorways, while 1,543 (3.2%) were reported for speeding in urban areas.

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The report also highlights a concerning trend in terms of criminal offenses related to speeding. Four drivers were found to have exceeded the speed limit by more than 80 km/h and were consequently brought before the judiciary. This is classed as a crime against road safety.

In addition to the efforts of the Traffic Group of the Guardia Civil, the report emphasises the importance of collaboration with regional and local police forces. This collaborative effort ensures a unified message regarding the importance of adhering to speed limits, regardless of the type of road being travelled.

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