Unmarked vans and HGVs specially equipped with front and side cameras are already being trialled on the roads in Galicia and Castilla y León as the DGT prepares to crack down on motorists using their mobiles while they drive.
Officers will use the height of their vehicles, similar to those already in use on Britain’s roads, to peer down into vehicles to catch offenders talking on their mobiles, messaging, reading or writing whilst driving.
Over 4000 people have been caught in the two years that the operation has been running in the UK, where it has proven to be a vital tool in targeting drivers who use a mobile ‘phone illegally, and the authorities are looking to introduce a similar system here in Spain.
In 2018, the DGT have ramped up their fight against ‘distractions’ at the wheel and have implemented new regulations ensuring a greater number of penalty points for drivers caught with a mobile phone at the wheel.
Although the initiative has not been altogether well received down on the street, the DGT is determined to tackle and ultimately eradicate the use of mobile ‘phones by drivers as it is now the distraction that causes most fatalities on the roads.