22 countries took part in the first pan-European 24-hour ‘speed enforcement marathon’ which was organised by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network.
The initiative will run from 0600 on Thursday 16 April until 0600 on Friday 17 April in the following EU member states: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and the United Kingdom. In addition, Norway, although not an EU member state, is also taking part.
In the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the concept was conceived, members of the public have been invited to vote on the locations where they would like speed enforcement measures to take place.
Across Germany, 13,000 officers will be involved at 7,000 speed checkpoints, most of whch have been requested by members of the public. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland will conduct joint speed checks and border security controls along the ‘Via Baltica’. In Serbia, 1,000 officers will be involved in speed controls, and a total of 90 speed checkpoints in Cyprus have been chosen for the marathon.
Aidan Reid, TISPOL president, said: “The speed marathon 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 heads of drivers, not their purses.
“We encourage members of the public to join our road safety conversation and show their support for this life-saving work on Twitter, using the #TISPOLOpSpeed hashtag.
“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.
“The 24-hour speed marathon is one component in our strategy for reducing casualties, and making Europe’s roads safer.”