THE TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT (DGT) is installing two new speed cameras in Malaga Province following an increase in road accidents.
The speed traps will be installed in Mijas and the Ronda-San Pedro road after 39 people died on the province’s roads in 2017, the worst figure since 2010.
Of those, 16 were on motorcycles, with two bikers dying in one day last week in the Serrania de Ronda leading the DGT to install the cameras on roads most used by twowheeled drivers.
One of the motorcyclists, a German man in his 60s, died after coming off the road on a straight patch of the A-366 in El Burgo.
Officers are now investigating what caused the accident. A 32-year-old Spanish man came off the road on the MA-7401 in the same area just three hours later, dying of his injuries. While road use in Malaga Province increased last year by 3.5 per cent, the number of road deaths increased by 25 per cent from 31 in 2016.
The figure is the worst it has been since 49 people died in traffic accidents in 2010. One speed camera will now be installed at kilometre 11.1 of the A-7053 in Mijas linking Fuengirola and Alhaurin el Grande.
The road, which passes through Las Lagunas, will now be limited to 50 kilometres an hour.
The second camera is located to prevent weekend bikers from speeding along the A-397.
Drivers will be limited to 60 kilometres per hour between kilometres 28 and 30.5 in both directions.
Malaga politician, Miguel Angel Heredia, had said he was concerned about the “sharp increase” in accidents, calling on the government to take “immediate measures” to deal with the problem.
Last week, firemen rescued a 75-yearold man after his car fell 25 metres down a ravine in the hills in Malaga. The man was found unconscious by a cyclist before being taken to the Victoria Clinical University Hospital.
Firemen said the accident could have occurred due to carelessness. In December, a 35-year-old woman was hurt after her car overturned near Limonar.
The victim was travelling across a roundabout off the A-7 at around 10am when the accident occurred in front of a petrol station.
The woman was taken to the Carlos Haya Hospital to be treated for bruises and was not believed to be in a serious condition.