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Speed ​​control campaign in Bilbao in a week of intensive surveillance

Jesus Carames

April 15, 2024 | 10:02 a.m.

Starting today, Monday, April 15, the Bilbao Municipal Police will begin an intensive speed control campaign that will last until Sunday, April 21. This action is part of the Strategic Road Safety and Safe Mobility Plan of Euskadi, whose main objective is to increase awareness about the importance of respecting speed limits to guarantee safety on the roads.

During the campaign week, approximately eight daily checks will be carried out in various parts of the city. These controls will not only seek to sanction those drivers who exceed the established speed limits, but will also serve as an educational tool. Officers will take advantage of direct interaction with offenders to emphasize the importance of responsible driving as a preventive measure to reduce accidents and improve road safety.

In addition, the data collected during these controls will be systematized and statistically analyzed by the Security Division of the Municipal Police. This analysis will help to better understand traffic dynamics in Bilbao and adjust future transit campaigns and policies to the local reality.

It is essential to remember that since September 2020, Bilbao implemented a general speed reduction to 30 km/h in the urban area. This measure has been shown to have a direct impact on the severity of injuries in cases of collision, thanks to the decrease in impact energy and the reduction in the braking distance necessary to stop the vehicle.

Additionally, since May 11, 2021, the following speed limits have been established in the rest of Spain:

  • 20 km/h on roads that share a road and sidewalk.
  • 30 km/h on single lane roads in each direction of travel.
  • 50 km/h on roads with two or more lanes in each direction of traffic.

These regulations seek to standardize driving practices at the national level and contribute to greater safety for all road users.

In the last year, speed control campaigns carried out by the Municipal Police have involved the supervision of more than 264,757 vehicles, resulting in 413 sanctions. These figures reflect the continued commitment of the Bilbao authorities to promoting safe and responsible mobility.

The Bilbao Municipal Police urges all drivers to adhere to the speed limits and contribute to a safer urban environment for everyone. Citizen cooperation is essential for the success of these initiatives and for the prevention of traffic accidents.

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