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As summer is now well and truly underway, this weekend saw 10,000 Guardia Civil officers on duty, supported by 600 based in traffic management centres and 13,000 road employees to carry out maintenance and traffic management roles, as the first main weekend event on the road network saw an estimated 3.9 million displacements, mostly heading from inland areas to the coastal towns and cities.

Once those domestic tourists arrive at the coast, along with those from further afield, they can rest assured that an additional 28,535 officers from both the National Police and Guardia Civil will be on hand to strengthen security in the main Spanish tourist areas from the 1st of July, as part of the government´s “Tourist Security” campaign launched by the Ministry of Interior to ensure the “tranquillity of the holiday”.

The data released by the Secretary of State for security, Francisco Martínez, and his tourism colleague, Isabel María Borrego, shows that, as in previous years, the reinforcement of 11,796 police officers and 16,739 Guardia Civil troops will be deployed in key areas such as Andalucía, Asturias, Canarias, Cantabria, Comunidad Valenciana, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia and the Baleares.

The officers will focus primarily on security on roads, stations, ports, airports, hotels, beaches, campsites and Entertainment celebrations, and will have a primary role o prevention of crime in order to ensure visitors enjoy a safe stay in Spain.

Local policing has also been stepped up on the beaches of the coastal zones, with many municipalities which have beach areas moving officers from the inland areas to cover the coast.

Regarding the movement of vehicles, although the 1st Summer Operation may well now be over, there are still many more to come. 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.

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