As many people across Spain are celebrating the Easter holiday, the DGT traffic department will have their own celebrations, as they have just launched a second Pegasus equipped helicopter which will be accompanying the ground based traffic police to monitor for speeding motorists.

The Dgt now has two of their eighteen helicopters fitted with the airborne radar speed detectors, operative from a distance as far as 1,000 feet in the air, or 300 metres, able to pinpoint speeding vehicles up to a kilometre away, travelling at speeds of up to 360 kilometres per hour.

Two cameras are mounted on the helicopter, one for tracking the vehicle, the other for monitoring the speed and other details, including recording the number plate.

This second Pegasus will be used for monitoring vehicles mostly on conventional roads, considered the most dangerous and the location of the majority of accidents. In the next few weeks, the Dgt will also be taking delivery of another 4 sets of equipment, making a total of six aircraft based at the traffic management centres on both the mainland and the Balearics.

In the first year of operation of the first Pegasus equipped helicopter performed 428 hours of monitoring flights, in which 8,500 vehicles were checked and 1,441 drivers caught speeding. On average, most of those caught were travelling at 30 kilometres or more above the permitted speed on the road they were caught. Some 59% of those caught were on roads where the limit was 90 or 100 kilometres per hour, whereas 38% of those caught were speeding on roads where the limit was 120 kilometres per hour.

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