225 cameras will be checking on the wearing of seat belts.


As part of a nationwide pilot scheme over this Easter period, the Guardia Civil Traffic department has installed hundreds of special cameras across the country, including here in the Balearics, to catch drivers and passengers who fail to use their seat belts.

The traffic police have chosen key accident black spots, and for the first two months of the new campaign no fines will be handed out. Drivers will merely be warned of the dangers of failing to wear a seat belt and the fact that it is illegal.

However, come the start of June, anyone caught on camera without their seat belt on can expect to be fined. "For now, we want to increase people’s awareness of the importance of wearing a seat belt and that it could be the difference between living or dying in an accident," director general Gregorio Serrano says.


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Les Chase / Hace over 4 years

Would this include tourist coaches where it is difficult to police. The amount of coaches I have been on in the past, people do not bother wear seatbelts. The way to impose this law could be, to stop coaches on the highway, say at or near roundabouts, near laybys or put undercover officer on some coaches. One final way would be to have an unmarked lorry, to look inside most coaches as they pass on main roads.