Drones to fly over Spanish roads to spot offences from the air
Motorists in Spain have been warned they are being watched by drones and if offences are spotted from the air, they can be immediately fined.
The drones are part of the Driving Directorate’s summer operation which envisages that during August alone, there will be around 47 million long-distance journeys, 1.57 per cent more than last August.
“Drones will be used as a priority for the protection of vulnerable users, the monitoring of distractions while driving and in sections where the risk of accidents is greater,” said a spokesman.
The offence captured by drones may be notified imme-diately by an agent of the Civil Guard Traffic Association or subsequently processed by the competent authorities.
As a priority, drones are intended for traffic surveillance in those sections where the risk of accidents is higher; on roads where there is a greater transit of vulnerable users, particularly cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians and to supervise actions of the driver whilst behind the wheel.
They are also used for monitoring and regulation support in operations and special events in which a large number of road movements are concentrated; to complement the roles carried out by helicopters and to support emergency situations that, due to their seriousness, significantly affect the traffic and safety of road users.
As the general traffic director, PereNavarro, has already an-nounced, the Agency is equipping itself with these drones piloted by remote control to carry out devigilance missions and air traffic regulation.
Currently the agency has eleven drones, three of them certified by the Spanish Centre of Metrology (CEM) which are the ones that will begin to report and the remaining eight will continue to be used for traffic regulation and management. In addition, the acquisition of another 20 units that will be incorporated into the work of traffic surveillance and control is in the bidding process.