Tráfico has announced a crackdown to improve the safety of cyclists at risk from drunk drivers. The new measures will include increased checkpoints, particularly on weekend mornings when cyclists are most likely to be on the road. Helicopters will also be used to detect driving offences, and harsher penalties will be handed out to repeat offenders, including the loss of licence for those caught twice or more in under two years.
The tightening up of policy was announced by the Interior Ministry’s Juan Ignacio Zoido in a road safety committee convoked by Tráfico. The minister said that the new measures were the result of official concern about cyclist safety in general, but also specifically in light of a spate of driver-caused cyclist incidents throughout Spain recently. Tráfico says that in 2015, the last year for which there are final figures, there were 7,186 accidents involving cyclists, 58 of whom died, and 652 needing hospital treatment.