Police officers across Europe have today (19 August) commenced a weeklong speed enforcement operation.
During the operation, co-ordinated by TISPOL, officers will use a number of speed detection methods across all types of roads.
TISPOL has been established by the traffic police forces of Europe in order to improve road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Europe. Its main priority is to reduce the number of people being killed and seriously injured on Europe’s roads.
TISPOL says that the purpose of the speed enforcement operation is to “raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, and to remind drivers of the benefits for all road users of driving at speeds that are both legal and appropriate”.
Koen Ricour, TISPOL president, said: “We urge all drivers to challenge their own attitude to speeding.
“Anyone who still believes that speeding is a trivial offence needs to think again. Excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.
“It is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death, and is the most important contributory factor to road deaths and serious injuries (ETSC 2008).
“All across Europe this week, police officers will be ensuring that drivers respect the different speed limits. In cases where drivers choose to ignore these limits, officers will take appropriate steps to enforce the law.”
In a similar TISPOL operation in August 2012 more than 554,000 offences were detected in 25 countries across Europe.
Click here to read the full TISPOL news release.