Palma.—Eight of the new fixed speed traps will be stationed in Majorca, two in Minorca and the remaining two in Ibiza as the traffic police step up their drive to reduce the number of accidents on the Balearics, the majority of which are caused by speeding.

The director of the Balearic traffic department, Maria Teresa Sau, said at yesterday's presentation that the new speed traps are going to play a vital role in increasing road safety. “Speeding is the main cause of most accidents and also increases the chances of serious injuries or even death,” she added.
The traps are going to be set up along the region's most dangerous black spots and all of them are secondary roads.
According to Teresa Sau, a significant percentage of serious and fatal accidents occur on secondary roads. Last year 34 people lost their lives in accidents on secondary roads and, according to Teresa Sau, speeding was the cause of nearly all the fatal crashes.

Since 2008, there have been eight fixed speed traps monitoring the region's motorways.
They have caught 32'001 drivers for speeding on camera and all have been subsequently fined or docked points. Teresa Sau was also quick to point out that apart from the now 20 fixed traps across the region, both the Guardia Civil and the Local Police have mobile speed traps and ‘guns' so drivers best beware because spot fines will range from 100 to 600 euros and drivers can lose six points, if not their license for serious or repeat speeding offenses.

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