The Catalan Traffic Service (SCT) puts into operation as of tomorrow, Friday, April 22, two new radars on the section of the C-14 between the municipalities of Ponts and Bassella in both directions of traffic, with the aim of reducing speed excessive, as well as road accidents. These speed control systems meet the guidelines set out in the Road Safety Plan (PSV) 2021-2023 and are an effective tool for achieving the European casualty reduction targets.
Specifically, a radar will be put into operation on the section between kilometers 124,795 and 134,300 of the C-14 in the Bassella direction, which will control the speed of the lane of the road along 9,505 km of length.
The other radar is located in the Ponts direction between kilometer points 134.304 and 124.807 and will also control the speed of the road lane along a 9.497 km stretch. The maximum speed limit allowed in the entire controlled section will be 90 km/h.
With this extension of 19,002 more kilometers of the Catalan road network equipped with speed control devices, there are now 172,911 kilometers of the Catalan road network controlled by this medium speed system. With these new devices, the Catalan road network as a whole now has 34 radars of this type installed.
It must be taken into account that in the last five years, since 2017, in the section that includes both kinemometers there have been 8 fatalities, 15 seriously injured and there have been a total of 47 accidents with victims.
Operation of section radars
This average speed control system works through license plate recognition equipment located at the beginning and end of the controlled section, which measures the travel time and calculates the average speed to determine if the maximum speed limit has been exceeded. allowed speed. These kinemometers are intended to prolong the effect of speed reduction for several kilometers to create a safe road space. The main advantages of section speed controls are:
They constitute an effective tool to reduce accidents and improve road safety
Avoid sudden braking
They effectively cover an entire section of a track
More equal and uniform speeds are obtained throughout the entire section
It is a highly effective deterrent to driver behavior
This system complements conventional control systems, such as microwave, laser and piezoelectric radars.
It should be noted that the SCT also controls excessive speed through fixed radars that record a speed in a specific location and at some points on the Catalan road network, the Mossos d’Esquadra also carry out surveillance tasks with mobile radars. These types of infractions are also detected through the Traffic helicopter.
Currently, and counting these new kinemometers, there are 242 control points on the Catalan road network, of which 34 are section speed cameras. The radars are distributed on both main and secondary roads, following criteria for prioritizing the points or sections where it is necessary to reduce the accident rate, proving that they are effective as dissuasive elements to reduce the accident rate.
Excessive speed is one of the main contributing factors of road accidents. In Catalonia, in 2021, excessive or inappropriate speed was involved as a cause in 17.4% of the accidents with victims on interurban roads and the presence in the casuistry of accidents increased compared to 2019 (11.9%) .
The higher the speed, the greater the risk of an accident and serious injury.
In the event of an accident, it has been shown that the higher the speed of the vehicles, the greater the violence of the impact, the effectiveness of passive safety devices, such as the seat belt or helmet, is notably reduced, and increases, therefore, the risk of mortality and suffering injuries with serious permanent sequelae. That is why the Department of the Interior and the Servei Català de Trànsit continue to support the presence of radars on the Catalan road network in order to reduce road accidents.
The radars, together with the surveillance and intensive speed control campaigns carried out by the Mossos d’Esquadra and the local police, are currently fundamental elements for achieving the so-called Zero Vision in terms of road accidents.
The presence of the radars is signposted and their location is public, and can be consulted on the website of the Servei Català de Trànsit.