Drivers beware. Stiffer penalties for mobile use on the way

Be warned. Using your cellphone while driving will carry bigger sanctions in Spain.

The new head of the national traffic authority (DGT), Pepr Navarro has  announced plans to stiffen the penalties for mobile phone use. Distractions at the wheel are the leading cause of death on Spanish roads, ahead of alcohol consumption and excessive speed. There has been a sharp rise in drivers who use their cellphone, particularly Whatsapp.

Spain ranks eighth for road safety in the European Union behind Sweden, Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark,

The point-based system was introduced in 2006, and during its first decade 7.5 million drivers lost points on their licenses, while 75% of Spanish drivers never lost any points. Currently, drivers caught on their phone lose three points on their driving license.

Speeding was the leading cause (46%), followed by not wearing a seat belt or failing to have a child safety seat (11%), using a mobile device behind the wheel (10%) and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (9%).

In 2017, 46% of fatalities last year were pedestrians, cyclists or motorcycle riders. "We need to do something about secondary roads, we need to do something about motorcycles, we need to do something about cities, about distractions, about pedestrians.” said Navarro.

 

 

 

Drivers beware. Stiffer penalties for mobile use on the way

Be warned. Using your cellphone while driving will carry bigger sanctions in Spain. The new head of the national traffic authority (DGT), Pepr Navarro has  announced plans to stiffen the penalties…

Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Fire under control

The campo fire near Mijas has been brought under control Anadlucian Forest Firefighting agency INFOCA reported at 21.58 that the fire had been stabalised. In total four helicopters and two areoplanes…

Read More

BREAKING NEWS. Major Fire in La Cala

A large campo fire is currently raging in La Cala. The Andalucian Forest Firefighting agency INFOCA, has reported that a large helicopter, as well as five other aircraft, are engaged in controlling…

Read More

Fifty Shades of Güey!

 One of Marbella's best loved restaurants is back in business, just in time for summer! Last Tuesday Güey celebrated its inauguration with a cocktail party for 250 guests. The return of Güey had…

Read More

No disruption despite pilot’s strike, says Ryanair

Holidaymakers can breathe a sigh of relief Passengers flying with budget airline Ryanair have been informed that most flights between Spain and Ireland should fly tomorrow, after pilots in Dublin…

Read More

Ryanair pilots and cabin crew threaten July strike action

It looks like more misery this month for holidaymakers Ryanair cabin crew have announced that they have called a series of strikes in Spain at the end of July. Crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium…

Read More

Drop in British tourism numbers

It looks like another record breaking year for Spanish tourism, but surprisingly, fewer Brits are visiting Spain. According to data released by the national statistics agency, the total number of…

Read More

England legend at La Cala

England and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard spent time getting to know his new team on the coast. The new manager of Rangers spent ten days staying at La Cala Resort finalising next season's…

Read More

Classic yachts compete in Sotogrande this week

Marina Sotogrande Classic Week, one of the most important and exciting sailing events in Spain, takes place in Sotogrande Marina this week. Running from July 4-7, Marina Sotogrande Classic Week…

Read More

Costa del Crime capering

After the shocking San Pedro slaying of a suspected drug lord last month, is seems Marbella could be heading back to the dark and dodgy days of what the British tabloids loved to call the ‘Costa del…

Read More