During the month of August, 47 million long-distance journeys are expected, 1.57% more than those made in August last year.

Coinciding with the launch of the second special summer traffic operation, the General direction of traffic will begin to denounce from August 1 to those drivers who violate traffic regulations and road safety and are captured by drones.

As a priority, drones are intended for traffic surveillance in those sections where the risk of accidents is higher; on roads where there is a greater transit of vulnerable users, particularly cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians and to the supervision of distractions while driving.

They are also used for monitoring and regulation support in special operations and events in which a high number of road movements are concentrated; to regular regulatory missions complementary to those developed by helicopters and to support emergency situations that, due to their seriousness, significantly affect the traffic and safety of road users.

As the director general of traffic, Pere Navarro has already announced, the agency is equipping these aircraft piloted by remote control to carry out air traffic surveillance and regulation missions.

The agency currently has 11 drones, 3 of them certified by the Spanish Metrology Center (CEM) which are the ones that are going to start reporting and the remaining 8 will continue to be used for traffic regulation and management. In addition, the acquisition of another 20 units that, once supplied and certified, will be incorporated into the work of traffic surveillance and control is in the bidding process.

The offense captured by drones may be notified immediately by an agent of the Civil Guard Traffic Association or subsequently processed by the competent authorities. All of them will have the corresponding frame with the evidence of the infraction committed by the driver.

II special summer operation

Today the second special operation of the summer is launched to facilitate circulation and to ensure the safety of road trips that are carried out during today and tomorrow, August 1.

During the two days, 2.9 million long-haul journeys are expected to occur, twice as many as usually occur on a Wednesday or Thursday of summer. For the entire month of August, the number of planned movements is 47 million.

During these two days, those who begin the holidays will coincide on the road, with those who finish them. It will also increase the influx of Maghreb vehicles to the border posts of their countries of origin in the so-called Operation Step of the Strait.

Despite the fact that on August 1, it is still the beginning date of vacations for thousands of citizens, the tendency of the last years has been to fragment them and enjoy them in shorter periods. For this reason and throughout the summer, the General Directorate of Traffic will continue to implement special traffic regulation and monitoring devices during all summer weekends, to meet the needs of drivers.

At your service

In order for drivers to drive safely and fluently, the DGT establishes a series of measures, among which are:

  • Installation of reversible and additional lanes with cones in the moments of greatest traffic flow and sections on certain roads.
  • Work stoppage on certain roads, as well as restricting the movement of dangerous goods vehicles and special transports on certain roads of special intensity, on schedule and days.
  • Information about any road incident through the 011 telephone; Twitter @InformacionDGT, @DGTes; Internet or newsletters of radio and television stations.

In addition, the DGT will deploy all the means at its disposal to monitor the correct behavior of drivers and thus avoid accidents:

  • Presence of a greater number of agents of the Traffic Association of the Civil Guard on the road, compared to last summer.
  • Use of cameras on the road to monitor the use of the belt and the mobile behind the wheel.
  • Circulation of vehicles camouflaged on the roads that will monitor compliance with traffic regulations, with special emphasis on monitoring the use of mobile phones at the wheel.
  • Monitoring of compliance with speed limits, whose control will be carried out through fixed speed cameras and mobile speed cameras that go in vehicles of the Traffic Group. For this August operation, another 8 new radars will enter into operation on conventional roads, 6 of them in section.
  • From the air, surveillance will be carried out with the helicopters and drones available to the DGT
    Intensification of alcohol and drug preventive controls at any time of day and on any road.

In addition to the agents of the Civil Guard Traffic Association, this special device also includes officials, specialized technical personnel, employees of conservation companies and emergency services personnel; They will all be working during these days so that drivers can make a safe trip.

Speed ​​campaign

During the month of August, the DGT will carry out a speed monitoring and control campaign. For a week (from August 12 to 18) the agents will monitor that the drivers circulate at the speed established by the road, paying special attention to conventional roads, which are the roads where the greatest number of accidents and deaths occurs.

The campaign also coincides with one of the bridges that have the greatest number of trips on the roads. To the displacements of the beginning and end of the bridge, a multitude of short routes are added, to localities near the place of residence and most of them made by conventional routes, roads that by their own route (curves, changes of slopes, crossings at the same level , overtaking….) imply a different driving to the one carried out on highways and highways.

Simple gestures that can prevent accidents

  • Better slower, especially on conventional roads.
  • Respect the speed established on each track and maintain the safety distance with the preceding vehicle. Invading this safety distance is aggressive, unacceptable and, most seriously, causes accidents.
  • If you drink, do not drive and if someone in the group with whom you have drunk is your responsibility not to let him drive.
  • Turn off the phone if you are going to drive or put the car mode on those devices that have it incorporated. There is nothing I can't wait for. Also, if you leave as a passenger, do not let the driver manipulate the mobile.
  • Wear a safety belt and children in your child restraint system, both long and short distances.
  • Stop every two hours on long journeys to rest. Driving fatigue is a bad ally.
  • Special attention to motorists, have a higher risk of death than tourism users. In July, 35 bikers died compared to July 21 last year.
  • If you are a bicycle user, in addition to the helmet you must ride with a light and reflective garment at night or in conditions of low visibility.
  • In the case of pedestrians, if you walk along out-of-town roads, remember to do it on the left and if it is at night or in meteorological or environmental conditions that significantly reduce visibility, you must be provided with a vest or other reflective garment.

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