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SEVENTEEN MILLION CHRISTMAS TRIPS

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SEVENTEEN MILLION CHRISTMAS TRIPS

On Friday, the DGT traffic department announced details of the Christmas campaign for 2014, advising of 17 million vehicle movements during the holiday period.

The first phase in operational now, having started on Friday at 15:00 and will run through to Christmas day, when 6.7 million trips are anticipated, phase 2 runs from the 26th of December until the 1st of January, and phase 3 coincides with 3 Kings from the 2nd to the 6th of January.

The roads expected to be busier are mainly from inner city areas towards the coast and mountainous region, as well as around big cities.

In order to facilitate free flowing traffic, a number of bi-directional lanes have been set up, most road works cancelled and the transport of dangerous goods prohibited at certain times.

The Guardia Civil will have a heavy presence throughout each of the phases, paying close attention to the three main contributing factors to road traffic collisions, speed, alcohol and drugs, and seatbelts, with regular checkpoints set up throughout.

In addition, the DGT will be taking to the air in their traffic monitoring helicopters, and the Pegasus airborne speed radars will be out spotting speeding vehicles at certain times.

As well as avoiding any alcohol or drugs if you are driving, the advice is also to closely monitor weather conditions and allow extra time for your journey.

Meanwhile, the DGT also recommend downloading their smartphone app, following their two Twitter accounts, @informaciónDGT and @DGTes, and visiting their website at www.dgt.es.

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