By Humphrey Carter

Last year, the Guardia Civil registered a slight increase in people driving under the effects of alcohol and drugs.

Palma.—In 2014, the  number of drivers trapped for speeding was 72 percent higher than in 2013 and 19,904 more fines were handed down to drivers for a variety of traffic offenses.
In total, 94,669 fines were given out.
However, on the other hand, the Guardia Civil recorded a decrease in the number of traffic accidents in the Balearics.
The sharpest increase in fines was for speeding.
Of the total drivers fined, 45,390 were caught for speeding, a record  number and this year, the Guardia Civil intends to step up its crackdown on speeding drivers.
But, drivers  roads will soon know the location of all speed cameras and speed traps and receive early warnings of their presence, the head of Spain’s DGT national highway agency announced recently. The announcement follows news that the decline in road deaths appears to have bottomed out after a decade of sharp drops: 1,131 people died in traffic accidents last year compared with 1,134 in 2013.
Also, January 2015 figures show a dramatic 44-percent rise in road fatalities from the same period last year, a fact that has prompted drivers’ associations to demand new action.


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