Reckless drivers, beware the long-distance drones

THE Guardia Civil, along with the DGT (General Traffic Department), have incorporated drones that can detect from as far as two kilometres, motorists driving without seat belts, as well as those using mobile phones.

Initially, the drones will be used on the two main Tenerife motorways, as well as specific areas used for illegal

car-racing, in Los Loros, for example.

The campaign began at the beginning of this month, at the start of the summer holidays, when the motorways should be busier.

The Los Matrice M200 drone, which costs around €5,000-€8,000, is equipped with a specialised high pixel camera and will be employed in Tenerife until mid-August, when it will be transferred to Gran Canaria for the rest of the month.

Between September and October, it is anticipated that each province in Spain will have a permanent traffic drone.

It has so far been used in specific areas, such as Arafo, La Chiquita and Guia de Isora, where several reports of illegal racing have since been reported by local residents.

Guardia Civil officers are almost certain that once the public detect the drone’s presence, illegal racing and dangerous driving will be reduced, considerably.

As well as controlling the dangerous zones, the drones have continued to watch the North and South motorways.

The device is controlled by two Guardia Civil officers, working from the same post daily. The pilot is responsible for manoeuvring the device, while the camera records and takes still images.

Fines issued to drivers who break the law will be notified by a patrol officer, via images sent from Traffico headquarters.


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