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Spain cracks down on driving offences

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Spain cracks down on driving offences

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Spain’s road safety laws are getting a major shakeup. Next week a new form of driving license with deductible points will be introduced.

A new bill imposing far tougher penalties for speeding and drink driving has just received the backing of all the main political parties. The bill is due to be discussed by the goverment next month and to come before parliament in October. Spain currently has fewer radars on its roads than any other EU country except Lithuania. It also carries out relatively few tests to catch drink drivers. Only Austria, Belgium, Britain, Italy and Luxembourg conducting fewer breath-tests relative to their population.

The new measures would include prison sentences for drivers caught doing more than 90 kilometres per hour in built-up areas and for those with an blood alcohol level of 1.2 grams per litre. The European Union has set a target of halving the number of road deaths by 2010.