Tráfico has announced a speed control campaign with portable radar guns for this week starting today and lasting until Sunday 22nd, and focusing on conventional roads rather than motorways. Tráfico says that at least 350 deaths a year could be avoided if everyone complied with speed limits, and that someone knocked down at 80km/h has no chance of surviving the impact, whereas at 30km/h the risk of death is reduced to just 10%. This campaign will, as normal, use support from local police forces for checkpoints.
Although the police regularly ask the public not to spread the word about specific locations, they are keen that these campaigns are seen for what they are, namely an addition to regular policing. That is to say that speeding is routinely policed but people still do it, and so these campaigns are a means of drawing extra attention to the problem, and informing people. They also have their softer moments, as a couple of Guardia Civil Tráfico officers found this morning at the start of the campaign when they had to shepherd a family of ducks across a road where a checkpoint had been set up.
El inicio de la #CampañaControl #velocidad ha tenido hoy incluso su #momento tierno 😍. Cuando una familia de patitos atravesaba la #carretera con ayuda de la #AgrupaciónTráfico @guardiacivil 👍👍 pic.twitter.com/SBWMYiprbN
— Dir. Gral. Tráfico (@DGTes) 16 April 2018