DGT launches campaign to monitor distracted drivers in Malaga

DGT launches campaign to monitor distracted drivers in Malaga
The fatigue detection system will be mandatory in new cars in 2022. Credit: Pixabay

DGT launches campaign to monitor distracted drivers in Spain’s Malaga.

The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) have launched the campaign today Thursday, September 16, and it will run until September 22. The campaign will focus on monitoring distracted drivers as this is the cause of 32 per cent of accidents which have casualties involved in the province. The campaign will be supported by the Traffic Group of the Guardia Civil and the numerous Local Police forces of the town councils in Malaga.

In the Malaga Province at the end of 2020 there was a staggering 1.2 million plus vehicles on the road. This new campaign will be launched on urban and interurban roads.


The government sub-delegate in Malaga, Javier Salas, hopes that the campaign will bring down the number of accidents and injuries. Salas said: “it is essential that drivers become aware that distracted driving is one of the main enemies on the road and causes accidents and family tragedies”.

In the Malaga Province a staggering 405 accidents happened between the start of January and the end of June this year, which involved casualties. A grand total of 130 of these accidents had distracted drivers as a contributing factor.

In other Spanish news, three out of four people in Spain are now fully vaccinated against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to the latest data which was published on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health three out of four people in Spain have now had both jabs of one of the multidose vaccines or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine.

It was only around 15 days ago that the government’s target of 70 per cent of the population being immunised was reached.  The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has said that this figure was a “tremendously relevant” figure.

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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