Ibiza Trafico Pegasus Is Watching

  • ‘Pegasus’ the new DGT helicopter on the Balearic Islands has started monitoring Ibiza’s roads since Tuesday 11th July.
  • (Photos Pere Joan Oliver)

The helicopter’s powerful camera can distinguish whether a driver sends a WhatsApp from their mobile; see a passenger not wearing a seatbelt or any other infraction including speeding.

Government delegate for the Balearic Islands Maria Salom, and the Provincial chief of traffic Cristina Gago, presented the helicopter at the Son Sant Joan air base, and for the first time its presence will be permanently in the Balearics. Salom said the main aim of the helicopter was to “avoid accidents” and in this sense act as a “deterrent” to motorists.

55 people died last year on the roads of the Balearic Islands and 26 have died so far this year. “We hope these figures will be reduced with the presence of the helicopter” Salom said.

Editor: Do we need a helicopter to catch speeding motorists. The Island’s very worst offenders can be identified simply by looking in your rear view mirror at the taxi baring down on you.