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Speed limits on N-roads to come down, but could go up on motorways
thinkSPAIN , Friday, August 10, 2012

SPEED limits on Spain's roads are set to be reduced, says minister of the interior Jorge Fernández Díaz.

Secondary, or N-roads, are where three-quarters of all fatal accidents take place and the speed limit will be reduced here, says Fernández Díaz.

Overall, the limit on these highways will fall from 100 to 90 kilometres per hour, and in other parts will be 'adapted according to the layout' of the road, explains the minister.

But to compensate, speed limits on motorways will be increased 'where safety would not be compromised' - although by how much has not been confirmed.

Other moves include making cycle helmets obligatory for all - starting with the under-18s - and banning bikes from the pavement.

Finally, the ministry's traffic department plans to ban alcohol altogether at the wheel - not even a drop.

This is only at the consideration stage at the moment, reveals Fernández Díaz.

Accidents, particularly fatal ones, have fallen considerably in the last few years, but the minister says there is still room for improvement.

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