Traf­fic law in English

N-332 as­so­ci­a­tion pre­sented their free e-book this week

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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 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

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