The second, and more important, phase of the Special Operation of Holy Week of the DGT. From today, Wednesday, at 3:00 p.m., a special device will be launched that will last until midnight next Monday, April 18, on the occasion of the festivities of these dates.
In the coming days, a volume of traffic very close to pre-pandemic figures is expected on the highway, after the two previous years, the Easter festivities were marked by confinements and provincial or regional closures.
The DGT estimates that 8,460,103 trips will be made in the coming days, at an average of 1,410,103 daily tripswhich would mean a figure just 2.01% lower than the data collected in 2019. Of the places where the DGT has powers, it is expected that 26% of the routes will be brought together by the autonomous communities of Madrid, most of Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura, followed by Andalusia and the eastern area that includes the Valencian Community, Murcia and Albacete.
As for the most conflictive time slots, the DGT anticipates that a greater volume of traffic will be recorded at the following times:
- Wednesday, April 13: between 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
- Thursday, April 14: between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- Thursday, April 14: between 1:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Time slot in which the Special Operation in Catalonia begins, with special attention to trips to the coast.
- Friday April 15: morning schedule.
- Sunday, April 17: between 1:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
- Monday, April 18: between 1:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. I return to Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands, Navarra, the Basque Country and La Rioja, where Monday is a holiday.
The first Holy Week with the new Law
For control trafficthe DGT has detailed all the means that it will have at its disposal to monitor its fluidity, control speeding, the use of mobile phones and, in particular, everything affected by the latest changes in the Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety.
The body indicates that it has 780 radars on the highways, of which 98 are sectional and to which 545 mobile speed controllers will be added (among which the “invisible” or Velolaser radars will be found). There will also be 13 helicopters, 39 drones, 216 cameras and 15 camouflaged vans.
It should be remembered that this will be the first Holy Week in which the use of mobile phones will be punished with six points less on the driver’s license, in addition to ignoring the seat belt or carrying children in inadequate or poorly secured restraint systems will also be punished with four points less on the license. Either of these two cases was previously punished with the subtraction of three points. The economic fine of 200 euros is maintained.
It will also be the first Holy Week in which the margin of 20 kilometers / hour to overtake on secondary roads is eliminated. In other words, now drivers will not be able to exceed the maximum limit of the road at any time. Nor should we forget that those who have a radar detector in the car, even without using it, will have to pay a fine of 200 euros and three points will be deducted from their driving licence.
In addition, it will now be necessary to occupy the adjacent lane when two or more lanes are available (or the minimum of 1.5 meters) when overtaking a cyclist. Carrying it out without guaranteeing its safety will be penalized with six points less on the driver’s license and 200 euros of fine. It will also be the first festivities in which minors face the 0.0 alcohol rate when they circulate on a scooter or a bicycle.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism