Traffic law in English
N-332 association presented their free e-book this week
The first English language translation of Spanish traffic law has been made available as a free e-book by the N-332 association, set up by the Guardia Civil's Francisco Morales.
By Alex Watkins THE FIRST complete English language translation of Spanish traffic law has been made available as a free e-book by the N-332 association, set up by serving Guardia Civil officer Francisco Morales.
It also contains additional explanations and commentaries by other traffic police officers.
Sr Morales presented it with its editor, Mark Nolan and the British vice-consul in Alicante, Sara Munsterhjelm to an audience of expats from various countries at the Quirón hospital in Torrevieja on Monday.
He explained that during his 11 years with the Guardia Civil traffic department in Torrevieja, he ‘realised that most European drivers, want to comply with the law’, but ‘there is no reliable source where they can get information in English’. He said he believes that ‘it is really unfair to fine a driver who does not know that he is breaking the law’ and ‘this ebook will help to reduce accidents and traffic offences’.
Since 2015, N-332 has used its Facebook page, website and given talks to associations to answer motorists’ doubts about the law.
“Road safety affects everyone,” insisted Sr Morales.
“It is unacceptable that last year more than 1,000 people lost their lives in traffic accidents on Spanish roads and 40,000 people on European roads.”
“The human factor, plays a crucial role in traffic accidents, and only with education, will we be able to reduce the number of deaths.”
He noted that he received offers to market the book but decided it should be free, and thanked several volunteers who helped with the project.
As well as having to educate children, in the multi-cultural Costa Blanca area the international community also have to learn the rules of their adoptive country.
The vice-consul said this cannot be done by ‘copying the locals’, only by going to the source, and she thanked him for creating ‘a reference for all’.
She pointed out that Sr Morales had done all this in his free time, and that his superiors now recognise and accept this, ‘although it has taken a while’.
Mr Nolan noted that the book is supported by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR), Stop Acci- dentes, and Prevención de Accidentes de Tráfico (PAT).
He explained that the advantage of the e-book format is it can be easily updated every time there is a change to the law. As well as being able to download this in PDF format from the website n332.es and consult it anywhere, there is an online version with a search facility.
After giving a brief history of road safety education in the UK on Monday, and revealing a few titbits of Spanish traffic law, Sr Morales dedicated the work to all the victims of road accidents.
The presentation at the Quirón hospital on Monday
The book can be downloaded for free