Vocabulary: to fine (v), pavement (n), driving licence (n), to obey (v), proposal (n), pedestrian (n), to breathalyze (v).


A Spanish man has been fined 100 euros because he was running too quickly along the pavement. They also gave him 4 points on his driving licence.

A pedestrian crossing, Valencia, Spain.

The fine says that the man did not obey the orders of the police, who told him to slow down. For this reason he was fined.

This story is just one of many unusual traffic violation stories coming from Spain.

Earlier this year, the government proposed new laws aimed at making the roads safer; the proposal is to consider pedestrians as “users of the road”. This means that they must follow the same rules as cars.

Under this proposal, pedestrians would have to follow a speed limit (for example, not running too quickly) and they can be stopped by the police and breathalyzed if the police think that they are too drunk. They could be fined on both occasions.

Many people have criticized this proposal saying that it may stop people from jogging and getting exercise. It could also have consequences on Spanish festivals, which typically take place outside and involve drinking alcohol.

Photo and Information from: The Guardian  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/28/spain-proposal-to-breathalyse-pedestrians?CMP=share_btn_tw Extra information from: http://www.telecinco.es/informativos/sociedad/corredor_multado-multa-A_Coruna_2_1919955019.html (in Spanish).