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Guardia Civil clarifies radar speed triggers
By thinkSPAIN Team Fri, Nov 29, 2019
The Directorate General for Traffic (DGT) uses a network of some 1500 static and mobile radars spread across the country to control vehicle speed on the Spanish roads.
Last year, the traffic department of the Guardia Civil carried out a total of 13.6 million speed controls and 596,030 drivers were fined.
However, images of cars are not always captured by radars as soon as drivers go over the speed limit. It is generally assumed that there is a little leeway, but exactly how much is often a grey area.
So at what speed are radars actually triggered?
Just ahead of the Christmas season when roads are typically busy, the Guardia Civil has cleared up the question with a timely tweet to explain the speeds at which their radars are activated: "Up to 100 km/h, add on 7 km/h. Above 100 km/h, add on 7%".
Speed violations on the roads attract fines of between 100€ and 600€, the loss of between two and six points from a driver's licence and prison sentences of between three and six months
Furthermore, according to the DGT's latest road safety statistics (corresponding to 2018) speed was the main factor in 301 fatal road traffic accidents on urban and interurban roads, that is in 22% of those accidents last years.
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