! Murcia Today – Smart traffic cones hit the road in Spain

Publication date: 26/10/2022

The devices will notify drivers in real time of all road works in Spain

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has started rolling out its new road safety devices across Spain: smart traffic cones that alert drivers, in real time, of any roadworks on their route. Authorities believe this will reduce the number of accidents since motorists will be warned in advance of any obstructions or traffic changes.

Thanks to integrated geolocation and bright flashing lights, cones can be placed on the roadside by construction workers and traffic incidents will be automatically activated at the DGT Management Center. All information related to this stretch of road will be shared on the DGT 3.0 platform and the national hotspot, so drivers can check for any issues on their route before setting off on their journey.

Traffic cones are designed not only to ensure the safety of motorists, but also that of road maintenance workers.

Each year, more than 10,000 separate road works are carried out on Spanish roads, resulting in around 100,000 traffic management incidents, including road closures, lane narrowings and diversions. In 2021, according to the National Register of Traffic Accident Victims, 158 claims were registered in connection with road maintenance works, 17 of which involved members of the work crew or pedestrians.

Of the 17, two people lost their lives, apparently due to drivers speeding on a stretch of road under construction.

The innovative traffic cones were launched this week to coincide with a new DGT surveillance and control campaign. From Monday 24 October, for the first time, traffic officers will pay special attention for a week to vehicles traveling on interurban roads where works are in progress. They will be alert to speeding on these sections, ignoring traffic lights, inappropriate lane changes and general driver distraction.

Image: Ministry of the Interior