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Spain cracks down on speeding foreign drivers.

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A new speed campaign has been launched on the roads of Spain and the authorities have foreign drivers in their radar gun sights.

Plans to stop and fine visitors breaking the speed limit has been boosted by a new system. Each roadside camera can photograph number plates from any country. The picture is then shown to the driver on the spot, there is no escaping.

“In 2009 30 percent of offenders were foreign vehicles, and on some speed traps in the summer the figure exceeded 40 per cent. Here we have an alternative that enables us to show the driver the offence they have committed,” explained
Frederico Fernandez, the deputy head of Spain’s
Dirección General de Tráfico.

The new speed cameras have been installed at four locations in regions where there is a high number of foreign drivers. The move has heightened the debate in Spain on whether speeding fines save lives or if it is another way for the government to raise funds.