Europe’s police forces gear up for ‘speed marathon’
Police forces across Europe are preparing to take part in a 24-hour ‘speed marathon’, which has become the focal point of TISPOL’s annual week-long speed enforcement campaign.
The European traffic police network’s week of speed enforcement activity will take place 17-23 April, with the 2017 marathon running from 6am on 19 April until 6am on 20 April.
The ‘speed marathon’ concept was devised three years ago in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Here, members of the public have this year once again been invited to nominate the locations where they would like speed enforcement activities to take place.
The concept has been enthusiastically embraced by police forces across Europe and this year is scheduled to be held in all TISPOL member countries.
During the 2016 marathon some 2,463,622 vehicle speeds were checked across 12,706 control points in 22 countries.
A total of 122,508 offences were detected, meaning that 95% of drivers observed by police officers during the 24 hours were using legal speeds.
Last year’s campaign focused on prevention by persuading drivers to think about the risks associated with illegal and/or inappropriate speed.
For 2017, TISPOL is encouraging participating police forces to publish in advance information about the precise locations of speed checkpoints. More details about the campaign will be published by TISPOL in the run up to the event.
Paolo Cestra, 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. By doing so, they will be reducing the risks they face and the risks they pose to other road users.
“That’s why we encourage participating countries and police forces to publish information about the precise locations of speed checkpoints in advance. We want to get into the minds of drivers, not their purses.
“Illegal and/or inappropriate speed is the single biggest factor fatal road collisions. That’s why police officers take action against drivers who fail to comply with speed limits. The 24-hour speed marathon is one component in our strategy for reducing casualties, and making Europe’s roads safer.”