FIGURES released by the Ministry of Development indicate that the average speed on main roads – including those in and around Alicante, Torrevieja and Orihuela – have dropped by 1 per cent.
It’s believed the slight, but significant drop, has been due to the increase in fines, radars and the amount of traffic on the roads and although there have been some exceptions the trend was widespread.
A significant example of the reduction is the A-70 ring road in Alicante where vehicles were found to speed at 103kph – 0.9 per cent less than in 2015 – whereas there was a decrease of 1.7 per cent on other roads to 87.6kph. It’s on these latter sections that there is a bigger concentration of traffic and two radars that monitor vehicles at the entrances to the San Juan tunnel.
There were also drops of 0.9 per cent and 0.7 per cent in the speed adopted by light and heavy vehicles respectively on the N-332 between Alicante and Torrevieja. It recorded an average speed of 66.9kph for cars and 62.5kph for the trucks, which is surprising given the maximum permitted limit along the majority of the N-332 is 80kph. Radar controls in Santa Pola, Gran Alacant and Torrevieja are thought to be a significant deterrent.