30% of traffic accidents are caused by excessive speed
Road controls guarantee the safety of all road users and, therefore, as part of a campaign promoted by the General Directorate of Traffic, the Cáceres Traffic Subsector has launched an operation that has been running since Monday , July 4, until Sunday, the 10th. The campaign focuses on speed control and its objective is “to carry out, in a preventive way, the vigilance of speed limits, since it is a concurrent factor with a high level of accidents on our roads”, says César Quijada, chief captain of the Cáceres Traffic Subsector. These devices are being duly signaled and articulated both on conventional roads and highways.
During this week, controls will be mounted in all time slots. The number is not exact and will be distributed based on operational needs. Quijada has detailed that some of these actions can be launched on roads such as the N-523, the EX-206, the EX-203 or the N-110, always prioritizing those with the highest traffic flow and accident rate.
“In our province, so far this year, we have had 213 accidents with 11 fatalities to date. Speed is a concurrent factor or cause of around 25% and 30% of traffic accidents”, explains Carlos Muñoz Pedraz, Provincial Deputy Chief of Traffic of the Provincial Traffic Headquarters of Cáceres.
Muñoz Pedraz highlighted that “in the same period last year, including the beginning of the special summer operation, there were 230 accidents with 7 fatalities”, which confirms an increase in the accident rate. The provincial deputy director of Traffic asks for “prudence at the wheel” and recalls that on roads such as the CC-38, speed is limited to a maximum of 90 km/h, a figure that cannot be exceeded even to overtake.
It also warns that, on these types of roads, “motor vehicles concur with other types of users such as bicycles or pedestrians and, therefore, extreme precautions must be taken.” Muñoz Pedraz has also put on the table pedestrian accidents, a type of accident that caused 100 deaths in Spain last year. For this reason, the provincial deputy director of Traffic demands “speed control and avoid distractions to avoid this type of accident” by drivers and, pedestrians and other road users, “take into account certain means of protection, such as becoming visible when visibility is reduced or trying to invade the roads at those points where they are visible to avoid this type of accident.
«The speed control vehicles are located at pre-established points where we regulate what are points of conflict, with a high accident rate, which are strategically located. Then a notification point is established for the infractions that have been observed and captured by the radar, ”says the chief captain of the Cáceres Traffic Subsector.
In this case, we are located on the CC-38 road, which runs from Cáceres to Casar de Cáceres. A Civil Traffic Guard car with a built-in radar is parked at a point before the control, next to the road.
The agent who is in that car informs his colleagues at the notification point about the first offender of the day, who was exceeding the maximum speed allowed for the road. The driver was traveling at a speed of 103 km/h on a road where only 90 km/h can be reached. When said offender arrives at the notification point, the agents order him to stop in an area designated for it, where he is informed of the speeding and the corresponding fine, which in this case is the one that carries the least penalty: 100 euros or 50 euros if paid in the first 20 days after the infringement.
This fact, explains agent Jorge Bueso, is considered equally serious and, therefore, the driver must be subjected to a breathalyzer test. In this case, the result of the test is 0.0, so only speeding is penalized and the driver can continue driving.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.