SPEEDING motorists are more likely to slow down if speed cameras are clearly marked, according to a study.
The Associated European Motorists (AEA) based its findings on 5,000 fines issued by the Guardia Civil and Catalan and Basque regional police forces over the last six months.
The list includes the 25 busiest speed traps in Spain, with the highest concentration coming in Madrid.
Toledo and A Coruna were among the regions with the highest number of speeding fines, with the AP-2 toll road in Lleida also prominent on the list.
“We are opposed to the policy of not signalling to motorists that they were entering a speed trap,” said Mario Arnaldo, president of the AEA.
“The object of the exercise shouldn’t be to collect revenue from speeding motorists, but to get them to slow down.”
Government body DGT, charged with promoting road safety in Spain, does not release figures on the amount of money it gathers in fines, but the government’s 2010 budget estimated the figure at a record €431 million.
Despite complaints from motoring organisations, speed traps have generally been successful, with the average speed on Spain’s roads dropping from 116.7 kilometres per hour to 110 km/h since the launch of a national campaign in 2005.