Estimates by the DGT (Dirección General de Tráfico –Traffic Department) indicate that around 14 million long-distance journeys will be made in cars over the Easter period - Semana Santa. According to the DGT Wednesday night and Thursday morning - Jueves Santo – will be when the most intense traffic of the whole year will be recorded.
The slogan for the Special Operation set up the Dirección General de Tráfico, the aim of which is to keep an eye on and monitor the traffic flow on Spanish roads this Easter, is ‘On the road and in our lives we are all connected’. The Special Operation will last until Monday midnight 9th April.
The biggest problems for drivers will, as always, be at the exits of the big cities direction Mediterranean coast, zones with seconds homes, places with special religious processions and traditions and the mountains where winter sports can still be practised.
To carry out this Special Operation the Dirección General de Tráfico has over 600 civil servants and specialists (funcionarios y personal técnico especializado) working in the Traffic management Centres - Centros de Gestión de Tráfico. On the roads 10 000 police officers (Agentes de la Agrupación de Tráfico de la Guardia Civil) , in addition to the emergency services, will be trying to make the traffic flow freely and stop drivers committing offences.
Advice from the Dirección General de Tráfico:
- Plan your trip so as to avoid predicted peak travel times.
- Follow recommended routes that are clearly marked on the roadside.
- Listen to news bulletins on many radio channels, these are regularly updated by the DGT so that drivers can alter their plans if necessary.
- Information panels on roads also provide information about possible traffic problems, delays and incidents on the road ahead.
- Follow any instruction given by the police - agentes de tráfico – that are controlling the traffic on the roads.
- If you are caught in a jam, stop your engine if you are going to be stuck for more than one minute.