The DGT has launched another two Pegasus equipped helicopters, bringing the total quota of their airborne speed detecting fleet to eight aircraft.

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The equipment has been installed on two of their existing helicopters and is in direct response to the increase in both the number of vehicles on Spain´s roads during the summer, and the increase in road related incidents.

The helicopters will be mostly be patrolling the main road network, the scene of the majority of speed related incidents and fatalities.

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Since the first Pegasus was launched in March, 2013, the fleet has flown for 1,576 active hours, monitored 31,320 vehicles and reported 8,644 drivers for speeding.

The average speed which offenders were caught by the radar was 30 kilometres per hour above the permitted limit. The fastest car spotted was travelling at 242 kilometres per hour on road where the limit was 120, whereas another driver was detected at 195 kilometres per hour on a road limited to a maximum of 90. Neither of these were an issue for Pegasus which can monitor and record speeds up to 360 kilometres per hour at a distance of 1,000 metres away.

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The remaining four helicopters will be used for traffic management duties.

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