Deaths and fatalities increase this summer in the Canary Islands

Image result for las palmasLas Palmas de Gran Canaria, Aug 7 (EFE) .- The number of traffic accidents with fatalities has increased this summer in the Canary Islands, as well as the deceased, with a total of 27 fatal accidents and 28 deaths in the period covered by the July 1 to August 6, reported the Government Delegation in the Canary Islands.

By provinces, in Las Palmas there have been 16 accidents and 16 deaths, and in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 11 accidents and 12 people died.

Last year, in the same period, 24 accidents and 27 deaths had been registered in the Canary Islands, according to the data of the Government Delegation.

Distractions, speed, consumption of alcohol and drugs and infractions of the norm are the causes of these accidents.

Circular at an adequate speed could prevent, practically, a quarter of the deceased, said in a statement.

In the case of the province of Las Palmas, and in relation to fatal accidents on interurban roads, as of August 6, the number of fatal accidents and the number of deaths in relation to the previous year have increased.

In that period, 3 accidents were recorded with the result of 3 deaths, compared to the summer of 2017, in which there was an accident with a deceased.

Of the deceased this summer, four are users of motorcycles, while in 2017, on the same dates, five users of motorcycles had died.

Also, this year a cyclist has died while last year none died.

Regarding the abuses, to date 3 pedestrians have died, while in 2017 no pedestrian died in the same period.

In the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, until August 6, the number of fatal accidents and the number of deaths have been reduced.

So far this summer, there have been three accidents with three people killed, compared to the summer of 2017 in which there were two accidents with two deaths.

Of the deceased this summer, two are motorists, while in 2017, on the same date, there were five dead motorists.

To date, one cyclist has died as in 2017.

As for the abuses, a pedestrian has died, just like last year.

The delegate of the Government in the Canary Islands, Elena Máñez, has informed that the Directorate of Traffic in the Canary Islands has begun to test a new operation with drones in order to add a new system of regulation, regulation and monitoring of traffic, coinciding with the campaign Of summer.

This operation is in the testing phase, waiting to know operational and functionality data and, once proven effective, could be added to the rest of the operations that are carried out in road monitoring.

The reason for this campaign is “to generate that real awareness that when we hit the road with the car we have a responsibility because we can endanger lives, and the way to avoid accidents is not driving at high speed, complying with regulations, being vigilant on the road and not fall into distractions, such as using the mobile without approved accessories, “according to the Government delegate.

This year, to the surveillance from the air with the helicopters, five drones are added.

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has initiated a process aimed at the introduction of RPAS (System of Piloted Aircraft by Remote Control) in surveillance missions and air traffic regulation, according to the conditions and requirements legally established in the Royal Decree 1036/2017, of December 15, which regulates the civilian use of piloted aircraft by remote control.

The Provincial Traffic Chief of Las Palmas, Eva Canitrot, explained that “drones are added to the aerial surveillance carried out by helicopters, but they would provide better data on secondary roads thanks to the ease of accessing them with this mechanism”.

This process, sequenced in several phases of development, contemplates the execution of tests dedicated to, among others, checking the necessary operational deployment, seeing the potential of the RPAS as an aerial surveillance platform, analyzing the images captured through the cameras in them embarked, and rehearse available alternatives for image transmission to traffic management units.

The realization of flights with RPAS in the Canary Islands, during the month of August 2018, is part of these tests.

These tests will be carried out through the DGT Aerial Media Unit in collaboration with the Provincial Traffic Headquarters of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In Gran Canaria, the operation will be in progress from August 4 to 7 and in Tenerife from 9 to 12 August.