Drink and drive laws in Andalucia
Beware of Traffic controls and speed traps
The Traffic Police (Guardia Civil Tráfico) have made no secret of their intentions to crush drink and drive offenders during the imminent holidays and have clearly stated that they will carry out an estimated 200,000 alcohol level tests at random on unsuspecting drivers, certainly during the peak 15 days of celebrations. The object is to attack the reason for what represents 30% to 50% of fatal accidents on the Spanish Roads which amounts to some 1000 fatalities every year.
The campaign carries the slogan En el coche puede vivirlo todo o puede perderlo todo. Tú decides which means: In a car you can live it all up all you can lose it all. Its up to you to decide. The Guardia Civil state that they will be carrying out an average of 15,000 tests daily in the afternoons and night time, when people normally known to drink most.
They remind us that in 1996 some 94,753 persons were arrested and prosecuted for drink/drive offences.
It is now considered a crime to drive with an alcohol level exceeding 1,2 gr/l of blood, anyone exceeding this level will be arrested.
There are no cameras in Andalucia as yet; however there are definitely speed traps and we take this opportunity to point out their locations below (also see map):
Km 164,250 descending Km 200,400 ascending Km 204,800 descending Km 246,050 ascending
Km 127,050 Descending Km 165,700 Ascending
Km 38,925 Ascending