The General direction of traffic We were promised urgent solutions, but ultimately solutions that really aided in the reduction accidents and number of deaths on Spanish roads. Recall that, after more than a decade in which fewer people were dying each year in road accidents in the previous year, in 2016 there was a rebound, closing with 1,160 dead on the asphalt. A figure that, in any case, should be ashamed. Maybe that's why traffic has proposed a 2017 Traffic Plan that if it is true it will never be enough to end this scourge, yes advocating real solutions that can help improve safety on our roads. An extraordinary expense of 11.7 million euros raised less fines or rather, the establishment of controls that really pursue infringements that cause serious accidents, and no controls tax collection effort; measures aimed at improving road safety education; and enhancements to support infrastructure development, although probably at this point still can do much more than expected in this plan. As it should also consider whether as serious as traffic accidents problem does not require a higher investment (remember that the rescue of highways will cost us thousands of million euros). And these are the 15 most important measures of the new Traffic Plan 2017.Article recommended: Why Traffic can and should do much more to address the problem of road accidents. And our reasons to believe that despite these measures seem well-focused, are insufficient
1. Improved signaling dangerous overtaking zones
I would have expected traffic signaling improvement on conventional roads with higher accident rates, and greater danger in overtaking. So that it will intervene in 1,000 kilometers of roads, with a budget of 800,000 euros, to improve signage, repainting road markings, vertical signs and relocate reinforced by double road markings, or beacons, certain sections with overtaking ban.
A study was conducted on the N-232, in a stretch of 30 kilometers between Figueruelas and Mallen, which would have reduced deaths 80%. Traffic does not give more details about this study lead us to consider whether statistical sampling is rigorous enough to conclude that we offer.
2. intelligent Cruces
With a budget of 2.4 million euros it is to improve the safety of 45 crosses, in which light panels that will detect the presence of a vehicle and provide a bright indication that a vehicle is approaching to draw attention of the rest will be installed conductors and that these moderate speed and facilitate the incorporation of other drivers.
3. Avisadores radar actual speed and maximum speed limit of the road
first - - highlight the speed limit section and - second - remind drivers speed LED panels to be installed. They will be installed in particularly dangerous sections, such as tight bends and proximity to town. These LED warnings are activated when drivers exceed the speed limit, with technology similar to radar Doppler effect, but without the camera that identifies the offender.
They will be installed at 250 points and has planned an investment of one million euros.
4. Increased demand when determining a black point
Traffic aims to solve another important problem, the black spots, advocating for harmonization between the Traffic Civil Guard and the Provincial Traffic. tighter each segment analysis will be established to determine that this is a black dot, with a new formula wherein timeframes (now a year) will be shortened, the separation of accidents and severity of these.
monitoring black spots, at times certain periods and days of major accidents and monitoring violations of increased risk, such as speed, alcohol and drugs, safety belt, distractions ... also take extreme will also ensure the protection of the most vulnerable groups, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Unfortunately no mention of the protocols to be established, not only to increase surveillance on black spots, but to advocate for infrastructure modifications required to eliminate risk factors.
5. Relocation radars
Traffic protocol ensures that a new radar location in sections where the following formula, a high accident rate that is a result of speeding compliance is established. the operation of radars will be regularly assessed, and the volume of penalties to improve signage - and warn the driver of the presence of radar - and adecuaar speed limits if a large number of offenses might be fulfilled.
6. Up to 200 cameras to monitor the seat belt use
Traffic has planned to install a total of 200 cameras, many of which have already been tested, ensuring that it is ready to start its use, which monitor the use of seat belts. The location of these cameras will be public and can be seen on page of the DGT.
7. Avisadores speed with registration (and ability to mobilize the Civil Guard and helicopters)
To ensure further compliance with speed limits, traffic will not only install LED devices that show us our actual speed with the speed of the track, but also devices that will capture our enrollment and displayed on the porches on the track.
These devices are not intended to issue violations, but to deter us from committing them. In any case Traffic reserves the possibility that the system issues a warning to the Civil Guard and patrol helicopters to chase those really traveling at excessive speeds.
They will be installed in 15 sections with a cost of 100,000 euros.
8. More controls speed of the belt sections particularly dangerous
The DGT has planned to install 60 new fixed radars particularly dangerous sections, with a cost of 1.5 million euros. It will also intensify control seatbelt. Radars, which of course will be marked, will be installed in the sections that remain more dangerous, conventional roads.
9. dangerous sections with frequent excesses signaled speed (and mobile radars will be installed)
You've probably seen in many sections of conventional roads a number of signs that warn us of the possible presence of a mobile radar in a given section, and in a number of kilometers is indicated on the sign itself. Traffic announces the installation of such signs, and the intensification of speed controls in sections 1200, with a budget of 600,000 euros.
10. A good practice guide on circulation in urban sections and crossings will be developed
The aim will be to support local authorities to start education programs in urban road sections and crossings to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and trying to avoid accidents in these areas.
11. 49 sections of safe cycling routes will be created
With a budget of 200,000 euros the safety of cyclists will prevail in 49 new sections, where temporary speed limits will be established (for days or specific times) to improve the protection of cyclists in those usually frequented by this group sections.
12. install acoustic longitudinal guides
These guides, which according to different studies can reduce outputs via 67% and head-on collisions by 29%, is installed in the division of lanes in each direction and the margins of the track, 3,000 kilometers of stretch which it has identified a particular risk of frontal impact or output channel. The budget has been allocated for this action is 5 million euros.
Already we installed the first sections in conventional A-375 road linking Utrera (Sevilla) and Puerto Serrano (Cádiz).
13. A communication campaign will start on distractions
Again to advocate for the improvement of road safety education, traffic will launch this year an advertising campaign on social networks and digital media intended to convey to society the danger of driving distractions, especially the mobile phone. three audiovisual pieces will be issued.
14. Dissemination of testimonies of victims of traffic accidents
Another measure of awareness will record and broadcast by real testimonies of victims of traffic accidents, which again will try to raise awareness about the dangers of driving distractions. They also broadcast on social networks and digital media, with a budget set at 150,000 euros.
15. New State Road Education Plan
To improve the culture of road safety education from the base, collaboration with all levels of government, public and private organizations will be encouraged to create new methodologies with road safety education, for example, to the classrooms of colleges and institutes. This measure is ultimately a statement of intent which have not yet been defined very specific actions.