Staff Reporter
THIS summer drivers on the Paseo Marítimo in Palma will need to keep their speed under control as the General Traffic Department is planning to install permanent speed cameras on this stretch of road, with the ultimate aim of reducing accidents and controlling excessive speeds.

The General Traffic Department are to install between two and four permanent speed cameras on the Paseo Marítimo, so that they can keep a watch on those drivers who speed excessively and so that they can reduce the number of accidents on this road.

Given the number of accidents on this road, 194 in 2004, which caused the death of two people, it seems obvious that some amount of measure is needed in this area.

The installation of these speed cameras is included in a project that was agreed back in 2003, between the Palma City Council and the Balearic Port Authority, said the Head of the Traffic Department, Francisco Ruiz de Peralta.

The plans of this project indicate that these fixed speed cameras will be placed in cabins that will be installed during this summer. These cabins will be installed once all the different port transformations have been completed.

Up until now speed controls have always been managed by mobile cameras in police patrol cars, said Ruiz de Peralta. “Now we can have more and better resources and the police officers who used to patrol this road can now be put to work on other roads on the islands”, he added. “Speed cameras are necessary because speeding is the main cause of road accidents”, Peralta said.
On the other hand, it has been agreed that no fixed speed cameras will be installed on urban roads in the Balearics this year.
This was written in a proposal on 7 February by the central Madrid Government and Enrique Fajarnés, the delegate in the Government, communicated this fact.

HOWEVER, it is planned to have eight permanent speed cameras on the Balearic Islands by the end of 2007, according to the General Plan for Fixed Camera Installation. These speed cameras will be installed on main and busy roads and will be equipped with a camera and a scanner.

These technologies will allow the General Traffic Department to take a photograph of the vehicle and the licence plate.
It will also record the time of the infraction and then send all this information immediately to the department through an optical wire.
The General Traffic Department Plan plans to install a total of 500 speed cameras in urban roads throughout Spain.
This plan is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.

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