Christmas comes early... and traffic restrictions too
Valencia 'lights up' this weekend and motorists' headaches begin
By Jo Wickman VALENCIA’S Christmas spirit will begin early this year, with the Plaza del Ayuntamiento activities starting today (Friday) and running throughout the month of December and early January.
The marathon that will take place this weekend has prompted the local council to begin festivities earlier than usual.
Thousands of people from across the country are expected to arrive to the city these days, spend a couple nights and do some tourism while they’re here.
Therefore, the Christmas tree, skating rink, historical centre train journeys and Christmas markets will all be open to welcome visitors and residents and get everyone into the Christmas spirit. Full schedules and timetables will be included in next week’s What’s On section. Valencia city hall has started banning access to the historical centre to motorized vehicles other than those driven by residents.
Signs are being placed at different entrance roads to the city’s historical centre, warning that going beyond that point is forbidden, except for resident and lorry drivers supplying goods to the area. Surveillance cameras will then be added in coming months to enforce the new law, and the measure will thus be complete.
The change was approved back in 2015, when neighbours voted in favour in the participatory budgets. After this long wait, their wish will finally be granted, and the cameras on Calle Salvador Giner, Calle Corona, Calle Salvador and in the central market surroundings will see to it that the law is not ignored. Residents will have a special card that will allow them to continue with their lives as normal. Three people were injured after crashing and overturning their car on Valencia’s Avenida Tirso de Molina late last week.
While a SAMU ambulance rushed to the scene, police officers also showed up and realised that the car had several open bottles of alcohol inside.
The police asked all three individually if they had been driving, and they all said no… but upon further questioning, a 23-year-old male admitted he was behind the wheel at the time of the accident. A breathalyser test confirmed that he was three times over the alcohol limit, and also revealed that the female passenger had even more alcohol in her blood stream.
Fortunately, they only endured minor injuries and no other person or vehicle was affected. The driver is charged with a crime against road safety.