Police forces across Europe will take part in a 24-hour ‘speed marathon’ in April, which has become the focal point of TISPOL’s annual week-long speed enforcement campaign.
Part-financed by the European Commission, TISPOL is the European Traffic Police Network – established by traffic police forces across Europe to improve road safety and law enforcement.
The speed marathon on 18 April is one of a number of initiatives which feature on TISPOL’s 2018 events calendar.
Project EDWARD will return on 19 September and will this year form part of TISPOL’s new ‘Focus on the Roads Operation’ (17-21 September) which is designed to intensify efforts to minimise driver distractions.
Another new initiative is Operation Safe Holiday (1 July-31 August), designed to promote safer roads, vehicles and drivers during the summer holiday season. Participating countries include Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, Serbia, Luxembourg, Cyprus and the UK.
During the 2016 speed marathon, 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.
For the 2017 speed marathon (data not available), TISPOL encouraged participating police forces to publish in advance information about the precise locations of speed checkpoints.