Anyone who sees these signs might initially think it has something to do with WiFi signals being disrupted by motorcyclists, helicopters, or drones. But the real meaning is that you have to pay close attention to your speed and traffic behavior.
When you see these types of signs — either a motorcycle, car, truck, or all three on the right — you should be aware that your speed is being monitored. This is done using radar, but not in the usual way. There may be drones available that Spanish police can use to fine speeding violators.
39 traffic control drones
The drones fly at an altitude of 120 metres, can reach a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour, and can detect speeding violations at a distance of up to two kilometres. A total of 39 drones have been active in Spain for two years. According to the Spanish Directorate General of Transport (DGT), drones are also intended to detect reckless behavior on the road and monitor traffic on roads with a high accident risk, such as mountain stretches.
According to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation itself, the flight time of the 39 aircraft is about 40 minutes, and they are equipped with high-resolution cameras and are active throughout the country. According to the General Directorate of Transport, one police officer controls the drone, while another watches images of speeding, dangerous overtaking maneuvers, using a smartphone behind the wheel, or not wearing a seat belt.
Violations can be issued immediately by a Civil Guard officer or sent later by mail. In addition to drones, the Spanish government also has twelve helicopters to detect similar violations. It is also equipped with radar equipment to detect speeding violations.
Fines of up to 200 euros
The most common violation is using a mobile phone while driving. This can result in a fine of €200 and a loss of six points on your driving licence. Failure to wear a seat belt can result in a fine of up to €200 and the loss of three points on your driving licence.
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