Drivers on the roads of the Valencia region are responsible for creating some of the most dangerous roads in the whole of Spain, with more drivers in the Alicante province seemingly unable to adhere to the rules of the roads, creating the fifth highest place in the country for serious traffic violations, resulting in arrest.
Officers from the Guardia Civil traffic department arrested 3,576 people Valencia for serious traffic safety offences in 2013, although the figure was 4.1% less than the previous year, according to the official data. Of the total in the region, 1,596 were the province of Valencia, while 1,484 were in Alicante, the remaining 496 in Castellon. The provincial figure puts Valencia in third place, behind Sevilla, were 2.217 drivers were charged, and second place Madrid South with 1,769, in fourth place is Pontevedra with 1,525, and then Alicante with 1,484. The majority of infractions were related to drugs and alcohol, followed by speeding and then license issues.
Nationally, the arrest figure is 30,117 people, 9.3% less than the previous year, of which the majority once more, 18,169, were due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In terms of safer roads, the biggest drop was recorded in La Rioja, with a 26.1% reduction, followed by Extremadura, with a 25.1% drop.
During the August clampdown on speed, a total of 40,447 drivers were caught speeding nationally, according to the DGT traffic department, in the campaign that ran between the 18th and 24th of August. The figure represents 5.1% of the 791,478 drivers who were checked.
Of those vehicles subject to a speed check, 440,416 were on conventional roads, representing around 60%, as this is where most fatal and serious speed related accidents occur. Of that number, 23,100 drivers, some 5.2%, were caught driving at speeds in excess of the permitted limit.
As for motorway speeders, of the 351,062 vehicles checked, a total of 17,327 drivers were caught speeding, some 4.9 %. However, 5 drivers were reported for serious driving offences, travelling at 80 kilometres per hour more than the permitted limit on the road. In addition to a hefty fine, those drivers also face the risk of prison.
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