More than half a million drivers were detected breaking speed limits in a pan-European speed control operation, co-ordinated by TISPOL, during August 2015.
Police officers in 27 countries took part in the operation, which ran between 17-23 August. Of the total of 549,237 detections, 192,654 were made directly by police officers and 356,583 came from “automatic technical means”.
TISPOL was established by traffic police forces across Europe in order to improve road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Europe. Its stated aim is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Europe’s roads by working in unison.
TISPOL acts as a platform for learning and exchange of good practice between the traffic police forces of Europe. The organisation says its activities are guided by “research, intelligence, information and experience, and producing measurable results”.
Ruth Purdie, TISPOL general secretary, said: “Speeding puts the lives of other road users and pedestrians at risk, and is believed to be the cause of around one third of all fatal crashes on Europe’s roads. We know that excessive or inappropriate speed continues to hamper our efforts to reduce fatality and serious injury rates.”
Stopping drivers for speeding offences also provides police officers with the opportunity to make other appropriate safety and security checks.
TISPOL also revealed that during the week of this speed operation, officers also detected and dealt with offences connected with irregular immigration and human trafficking (225), drug-related crimes (484), firearms (25), property crimes (55) and other crimes (1,804).