Drink or drugs means big trouble for drivers

TENERIFE’S Guardia Civil traffic police have this week been clamping down on drink-driving, as well as drivers under the influence of drugs.

Their vast road-safety campaign embraces mainland Spain, as well as the Canary and Balearic Islands. And officers will have carried out more than 25,000 controls every day this week, up to Sunday night, because of the volume of Christmas lunches and dinners being celebrated.

Guardia officers have been setting up control points on all different types of roads, at all times of the day and night, to curtail the number of drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Driving under the influence of either, or both, causes

one-third of all fatal road traffic accidents on Spanish roads.

Specifically, 19% of road-traffic deaths last year could be attributed to illegal drug consumption, and 66% of drivers killed on the roads were found to have three or more times the legal limit of alcohol in their blood.

The Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) has underlined that the consumption of alcohol increases the probability of having an accident, and also implies a greater risk of that accident being either fatal, or causing severe injuries.

In addition to increasing road safety this Christmas in the island’s towns, the DGT has invited local councils of all towns with more than 25,000 inhabitants to join the campaign by setting up controls in their urban areas.

Last year, 346 town councils throughout mainland Spain and the islands took part, carrying out more than 50,000 drugs and alcohol tests in all.

So be warned: stay dry, and stay clean if you’re driving anywhere at this festive time of the year.

…And do watch your speed!

THE Directorate General for Traffic (DGT) uses a network of some 1,500 static and mobile radars, to control vehicle speed on Spanish roads.

Last year, the Guardia Civil’s traffic department carried out a total of 13.6m speed controls, leading to fines for 596,030 drivers.

However, images of cars are not always captured by radars as soon as drivers go over the speed limit. It is generally assumed that there is a little leeway, but exactly how much is often a grey area.

So, at what speed are radars actually triggered? Just ahead of the Christmas season, when roads are typically busy, the Guardia Civil has cleared up the question with a timely tweet, explaining the speeds at which their radars are activated: “Up to 100km/h, add on 7 km/h. Above 100 km/h, add on 7%”.

Speed violations on the roads attract fines of between €100-€600, the loss of between two and six points from a driver’s licence, and prison sentences of between three and six months.

Furthermore, according to the DGT’s latest road-safety statistics, corresponding to 2018, speed was the main factor in 301 fatal road-traffic accidents on urban and inter-urban roads, representing 22% of last year’s accidents.


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