Spain will install 88 new speed cameras

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The Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) will install 88 new speed cameras in 2024. 60% of this will be used for section checks and the majority will be on conventional roads. In addition, the traffic department will start a new speed control campaign from Monday to Sunday.

DGT emphasises: “Complying with speed limits is not only a legal obligation, but also a moral responsibility. On one hand, this contributes to road safety by significantly reducing the severity of accidents. On the other hand, it contributes to improving the environmental effects and ultimately to the well-being of all road users. It is important to remember that we are not alone on the road.”

Speed control campaign until Sunday

This campaign, launched today, will last until Sunday, April 21 and will be carried out by the officers of the Guardia Civil Traffic Group, as well as other local police forces that join the campaign. The aim is to check especially risky routes with regard to speed. Additional checks will also be carried out at locations where traffic exceeds the established limit and there is a high number of accidents.

European initiative

The campaign is also carried out at European level by the RoadPol (European Roads Policing Network). “Given the preventive nature, drivers will be informed of the checks. This is done via variable message signs or temporary vertical signaling when the road is not equipped with such signs,” the DGT explained.

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Differences in speed limit compliance

According to the results of the European Baseline Project, the level of speed limit compliance in Spain varies depending on the type of road. For example, 63% of cars on highways drive at the permitted speed. On highways this percentage drops to 51%. On conventional roads, the speed limit is only observed by 43% of motorists, comparable to Belgium (46%). In urban areas with a limit of 50 kilometres per hour, 65% of cars comply with the speed limit, the third highest percentage of the thirteen countries with which Spain shares the border.

Regarding streets with a 30 km/h limit, the compliance rate is 32%. That is the highest of the three countries for which data is available. Tráfico has also indicated that the average speed of cars on streets with a limit of 30 km/h is 11 km/h lower than on streets with a limit of 50 km/h (36 km/h versus 47 km/h).

Also read: This is how high the new fines for speeding in Spain are

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