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PEGASUS FOUR IS OUT TO CATCH SPEEDING DRIVERS

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PEGASUS FOUR IS OUT TO CATCH SPEEDING DRIVERS

As traffic police in Spain embark on their latest week long crack down on drivers who have consumed alcohol or drugs, the DGT traffic department has announced that a fourth airborne radar detector has launched at the weekend, with the fifth due in a matter of weeks.

The launch coincided with an anticipated 3.5 million trips on the roads of Spain, as the summer season is well and truly underway.

The Pegasus helicopters cover the main road networks of Galicia, Castilla y León, Asturias, Cantabria, Andalucía and the east coast, with the aim, according to the DGT, of “controlling the speed on the mainly conventional roads.

The equipment on board the helicopter works with pinpoint accuracy, and can not only video traffic violations as they happen, it can record the speed, registration details and even the identity of the vehicle occupants.

Since the first Pegasus equipped helicopter too to the sky in March of 2013, 2,064 drivers have been reported during the 672 hours of flight, during which time 13,458 vehicles have been checked.

Although the accuracy of Pegasus was brought into question recently, it was only in terms of the margin of error calculations, but most vehicles caught speeding by the helicopter are recorded at more than 30 kilometres per hour above the permitted speed on the road in question. The worst drivers clocked during that time were a motorist travelling at 232 kilometres per hour on a 120limited stretch of motorway, and a driver clocked at 195 kilometres per hour on a conventional road with a limit of 90.

The Pegasus radars consist of two elements, a panoramic camera for tracking and a second for detailing such things as the number plate. The equipment is able to monitor speeds of up to 360 kilometres per hour.

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