A measure long desired by the director of Traffic
The DGT will use more than 1,300 radars, in addition to helicopters, drones and camouflaged vans, to monitor the roads this summer.
“I’m burned with the 30 km / h.” This is how emphatic Pere Navarro, director of the DGT, showed yesterday about the delay in the approval of a measure -reduce from 50 to 30 km / h the speed in one-way streets in the city- that he has been pursuing for a long time .“I would have liked it to be approved at the end of last year”He assured and, in fact, last fall, the director of Traffic was convinced that this initiative would become a reality as soon as there was a new government. “Instead, now we have seen that with the pandemic some royal decree has been approved in just 24 hours,” he lamented.
“He is on the table of the Council of State,” Fernando Grade-Marlaska, Minister of the Interior, had stated minutes earlier.and direct boss of Navarro, during the press conference in which the special traffic device for this summer was presented. The measure has been requested by several large cities and the minister pointed out that this decrease in speed“would significantly reduce the number of deaths”in an accident in the city. Especially, as regards the so-called vulnerable users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
This group is one of the most concerned in the DGTfacing the months of July and August, since last year they accounted for 43% of fatalities in road accidents. “In 2010, they accounted for 30%,” said Grande-Marlaska, for whom “just as this summer the holidays will be different for everyone, the operation will also be different.” So much so thatUntil the end of July, no forecast will be made of the number of trips that can be made this summer.
SHORT TRAVEL TRIPS
“In 2019, which was the summer with the fewest deaths on the road (215) since statistics exist, 91 million trips were recorded. This year, even in June, there have been 20% fewer trips than on the same dates in 2019 andwe believe that most of them during July and August will be short-haul, concentrated during the weekend or in the surroundings of the big cities destined for leisure places “said the minister. The concern is that behaviors such as excessive speed (during the pandemic increased the percentage of complaints over the total number of concentrated vehicles) or alcohol consumption linked to celebrations and reunions with family members.
“It will be shocking to me that we have assimilated behaviors such as the use of the mask, social distance or hygiene measures, and that this does not later take to the road in cases such as wearing a belt or maintaining a safe distance.If we have overcome the most acute phase of the coronavirus, we cannot spoil it on the road …we have been driving for months and now, we cannot forget the responsibility that this entails and confuse having regained freedom with running excessively “.
NEW AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
It is precisely this spirit that inspires the traditional road safety campaign of these months. They have baptized herThis country cannot bear more deaths. When driving extreme cautionand it was shot rightat the Ice Palace in Madrid, the emblematic morgue in Spain during the pandemic.It stars Javier Fernndez, the Spanish skater several times world and European champion.
Then, the effective control of the roads will fall on the conventional means: the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard, which this year has an ‘artillery’ never seen before.More than 1,300 radars (of them, 548 mobile), 12 helicopters (one for each sector), 216 cameras that monitor the use of the safety belt and that of the mobile behind the wheel, 11 drones (three of them with the capacity to sanction) and 15 camouflaged vans. “
TRADITIONAL CONTROLS ARE BACK
These data suppose, as Navarro pointed out, about 60 more radars than there were last summer, especially those of mini size that can be transported on board a motorcycle and installed on a tripod.Although he wanted to make it clear that “we are one of the countries with the least active radars. In France they have 4,000 and in the United Kingdom, 8,000.”And refering tocamouflaged vans,which began to be tested more than a year ago, the director of the DGT recognized that “due to their height, they are much more effective than monitoring a car when it comes to monitoring behaviors such as the use of mobile phones, especially when chatting.”
Likewise,Surveillance campaigns suspended during confinement will resume, in the event of specific speed controls or alcohol and drug use at the wheel. But they will not be part of the special device of the summer “those of masks or occupancy of vehicles,” said Minister Grande-Marlaska. Instead, it put the bikers back in focus, “the only group that persistently increases its accident rate” when the general continues to decrease.“This year, we have already 60, which are manyconsidering that there have been two months during which they have not been able to circulate. “
On this point, Navarro insisted thatthey have “perfectly identified the 100 most dangerous sections of road” for these usersand that soon begin to signal them. “Although we may have failed to communicate this information,” he admitted.