‘Speed Marathon’ detects more than 120,000 offenders
More than 122,500 offences were detected as part of TISPOL’s 24-hour ‘Speed Marathon’ which took place across Europe on 21-22 April.
The day-long initiative formed part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation and involved 12,900 officers from 22 countries.
As part of the marathon, 2,463,622 vehicles had their speed checked, 5% of which were over their respective limits. Or, as TISPOL says, ‘put another way, the results show that 19 out of every 20 drivers checked were within legal limits’.
Prior to the event, Aidan Reid, TISPOL president, said: “Our forthcoming speed enforcement activity is all about prevention. We want drivers to think about the speeds they choose; speeds which are both legal and appropriate for the conditions.
“Illegal and/or inappropriate speed is the single biggest factor in fatal road collisions. That’s why police officers take action against drivers who fail to comply with speed limits.”
Official figures from the UK Government showed that in 2014, ‘exceeding speed limit’ was a contributory factor in 5,381 collisions (3%).
Ruth Purdie, TISPOL general secretary, said: “Driver behaviour remains the most important barrier to progress as we approach 2020 and its reduction targets. There are still too many drivers who putting other road users at risk by exceeding speed limits.
"We can’t impose responsible behaviour; we need to show all road users the value of a driving culture based on respect for the rules, and thus towards other road users. I believe this is central to a coordinated plan that will help us regain vital momentum in casualty reduction."