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Easter speeding clampdown sees six helicopters armed with cameras watching Spain's roads
16 April 2014 @ 13:16

SIX airborne speed cameras will be flying over Spain's roads this Easter – too high in the sky to be detected by drivers, warn traffic authorities.

The helicopter Pegasus, which is fitted with a radar, has already caught 1,441 speeding drivers in the last year and a second one, Pegasus II is due to be released imminently.

Before Easter weekend is out, a further four Pegasus helicopters will be in the air, flying at an altitude of around 1,000 feet – about 330 metres – and taking detailed photos of cars travelling too fast.

The speed cameras fitted in the Pegasus helicopters are able to take clear snapshots of cars and detect whether or not they are breaking the limit at a distance of a kilometre.

Each craft has two cameras – one panoramic and one detailed and close-up – and drivers who want to avoid being spotted will have to travel at speeds of above 360 kilometres per hour (225mph).

Either that, or stick to the speed limit.

Spain's traffic authority, the DGT, wants to cut road deaths this Easter, a time when an estimated 12 million cars will be on the roads.


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