Fatal accidents last Easter claimed 34 lives in Spain, the highest number for this holiday in seven years. Beyond the strength of these data, the truth is that there has been an increase in fatal accidents on conventional roads, while fewer cases have been recorded on highways and freeways. Sometimes the greatest danger is in everyday life, and this is where extreme caution must be exercised.
The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma), through the General Directorate of Highways, draws up a new regulation on road markings in which two already tested on various Spanish roads will appear: the dragon’s teeth and the broken lines . Experiments with them began a year and a half ago along the route through the city of Nava de Roa in Burgos and have recently been brought to areas with higher traffic, such as Alcobendas.
What are dragon teeth and broken lines
It is a signage with triangles which alternately point towards the inside of the road, giving a feeling of narrowing which instinctively leads you to slow down. Warns of the arrival of urban crosswalks in a visible area. Together they experience broken boundary lines, which warn of the arrival of a point where speed must also be reduced: a pedestrian crossing with a large confluence, an area near a school or a retirement home. . Ultimately, it’s about taking care of the most vulnerable pedestrians.
In these well-signposted urban areas the maximum speed is 30 kilometers per hour, while in the rest of the city it can reach 50 kilometers per hour. If it is exceeded and a check catches you, the fine is 200 euros, often the most effective deterrent to avoid non-compliance. Other information: to brake at 50 per hour to a stop you need 63 meters, while at 30 per hour it’s only 30 meters.
If you exceed 50 per hour in areas limited to 30, the fine is 300 euros and you lose two points from your licence.