With the holidays coming to an end, most Spanish roads are full of drivers returning from the coastal areas and their second homes. If this is the case for you, you should know that in the coming days, with the repatriation campaign, DGT will pay more attention than ever to the behavior of the drivers to ensure that everyone respects the relevant regulations and safety measures.
What will the DGT do?
In general, the DGT usually has the drivers supervision on these dates to ensure that everyone is following the rules and that there are as few incidents on the roads as possible. To do this, it has numerous cameras distributed throughout the country that monitor traffic conditions, as well as radars that monitor speed.
As if all that weren’t enough, there is another mechanism that DGT uses to ensure that drivers obey the rules of the road. This is the Pegasus Helicopter, which monitors traffic from the air and can even fine you if you exceed the speed limit or commit a violation while driving.
Surely you have seen a helicopter hovering just above the road more than once while driving. If you could tell its colors were yellow and blue, then it was the famous DGT Pegasus. These helicopters monitor the condition of the roads and keep motorists safe, especially during the busiest times of the year.
The DGT has thirteen helicopters of this type, but only ten of them have the famous camera that can be used to issue speed penalties from the air. These cameras capture the speed (and license plate number) of vehicles less than a kilometer away.
Other things to consider
Although these helicopters always inspire a little “fear” in drivers when they appear in the sky, there are some weaknesses of the Pegasus that will surely make you calmer. The DGT helicopter initially only flies on the peninsula, so the Canary and Balearic Islands have nothing to worry about.
On the other hand, although the Pegasus can be much faster than a car, its range is limited (700 kilometers), so it cannot stray too far from the base it launched from. Finally, you should know that the Pegasus does not work at night since it does not have an infrared vision system.