Police roll out ‘invisible’ speeding cameras in drive to cut road deaths in Spain

SPEEDING RADAR: The new mini-radars (inset) transmit images in real time SPEEDING RADAR: The new mini-radars (inset) transmit images in real time DGT

THIRTY almost invisible ‘mini-radar’ speed cameras will be used for the first time on Spain’s roads at Easter in an effort to cut the number of road deaths.

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has approved their use in time for the Easter period, a traditional black week for road deaths on the Spanish calendar during ‘Operation Exit’.

The new Velolaser radars are tiny, just 50 centimetres tall, and can be installed at the side of the road or in any Guardia Civil traffic vehicle.

They have a battery life of up to five hours and can be managed by mobile devices, with a WiFi or 3G / 4G connection, delivering the images captured in real time to traffic police.

The Velolaser radars can also operate simultaneously on two lanes in opposite directions, can capture speeds of up to 250 km/h and also work in the dark.

The devices will be in addition to the more than one thousand standard radars that are currently installed on Spanish roads.

Similarly, the Pegasus helicopter air radar will also be in operation to ensure the safety of drivers.

Last year there 29 deaths on Spanish roads over the Easter period, the lowest number for four years.

The remaining 30 mini-radar devices that have been acquired will be rolled out in April.

Karl Smallman

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