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This weekend sees the first official action plan launched by the DGT traffic department to manage the summer traffic flow on the roads of Spain.

July and August are the months of the year in which the largest number of displacements occur on the roads, in which 79 million long-haul journeys will be made by road, of which more than 38.1 million will occur during July and about 40.9 million in August, and so the traffic sections of police, safety, technical and monitoring all come together to try to ensure the best possible conditions for a safer journey for everyone.

The first special summer operation will start on Friday the 4th of July at 15:00, and run through to midnight on Sunday the 6th, when an anticipated 3.9 million displacements will occur, mostly heading from inland areas to the coastal towns and cities.

The transportation of dangerous and heavy goods will be severely restricted, and most major road works will be suspended. In addition, the Guardia Civil will have 10,000 officers on duty, supported by 600 based in traffic management centres and 13,000 road employees to carry out maintenance and traffic management roles.

From now on, the weekends will be especially busy on the roads, in addition to the other major operations which will be similar to this weekend.

As well as the 1st Summer Operation which sees the first batch of tourists moving to the coast, a similar situation occurs between the 1st and the 3rd and from the 14th to the 17th of August. Once the tourists have had their fun in the sun, the return operation will run from the 29th to the 31st of August.

As well as monitoring the flow of traffic, there will be two campaigns against driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as speed. These will take place between the 14th and 20th of July in the case of drink and drug driving, and from the 18th to the 24th of August in the case of speed.

As traffic indentifies during the hottest time of the year, so does the likelihood of being involved in a fatal accident, according to statistical data. Trying to avoid the busiest times, allowing extra time for your journey and having a zero rate of alcohol and drugs all minimise the risks, whilst also remembering to take regular breaks on long journeys and sticking to the rules of the road.

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