Double lines, it is hoped, will stop the fatal accidents in Son Serra.

20-10-2017Consell de Mallorca

The Council of Majorca has reacted to the number of fatal accidents on the Alcudia-Arta road in Son Serra de Marina by introducing a 70 kilometres per hour speed limit and by painting solid double lines to indicate no overtaking.

The main black spot is the turning into Rancho Grande. It is here where there have been three fatal accidents in the past year or so. The left turn into Rancho Grande has not been eliminated, but the hope is that the double lines and speed limit will reduce the risks. Conditions are otherwise good because the road is straight and there is clear visibility.

The double lines have been painted between the road into Son Serra (and this junction has itself been the scene of fatalities) and the turns for the hermitage and Rancho Grande. The Council of Majorca is considering further safety measures, but these have yet to be decided.

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Les C / Hace 26 days

The only to police this speed limit where tragically 3 people have lost their lives is to put speed cameras up in both directions, or even a variable camera at both ends of this limit to catch speeders. This piece of straight road is fast, and the trouble is that people from behind are not looking at people turning left, but a clear oncoming road ahead. I use this road quite a bit, when in Mallorca, and all it will do is to just add a minute or so to any journey, but it hopefully will save lives.

Another way to slow the traffic would be to put a roundabout at this dangerous junction, not just a small drive over, but one where drivers have to go around it. Another idea would be to put barriers up and no left turn, but at the next road junction, to turn right, put a roundabout there, and come back on one’s self. These ideas may seem drastic, but it may be the only way to save lives.

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