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Friday, August 01, 2014

Driving home the texting dangers

This month across Europe, there are various new road-safety campaigns aimed at the usual dangers: speed, drink-driving, looking out for bikes and pedestrians – and especially texting!

On the whole, drivers in Spain resist the urge to go for the mobile. The latest research suggests that “only” 20% of drivers on Spanish roads text while behind the wheel.

In the UK that figure is 40%. America is 33% and the naughty Portugese register a head-shaking 59%.

But even 20% is too high. If you get caught using your phone, you can be fined anywhere from 100 euros to 500 euros. And you even run the risk of being banned.

The standard texting fine when driving in Tenerife is 200 euros. You will also lose three points from your licence.

Driving home the texting dangers

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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