Christ­mas comes early... and traf­fic re­stric­tions too

Va­len­cia 'lights up' this week­end and motorists' headaches be­gin

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

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.

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