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TISPOL 21st and 22nd April 2016

Slow down, Europe! TISPOL members prepare for their latest European speed enforcement marathon

POLICE OFFICERS across Europe are preparing for their latest "Speed Marathon", taking place from 0600 on Thursday 21 April to 0600 on Friday 22 April. The 24-hour initiative forms part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation, running from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 April.

The Speed Marathon concept was devised two years ago in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Here, members of the public have once again been invited to vote on the locations where they would like speed enforcement measures to take place.

TISPOL President Aidan Reid comments: “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 heads 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.”

Quick facts about last year’s speed marathon:

• In Germany, 13,000 officers were involved at 7,000 speed checkpoints, most requested by members of the public.

• Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland conducted joint speed checks and border security controls along the ‘Via Baltica’.

• In Serbia, 1,000 officers were involved in speed controls during the marathon.

• A total of 90 speed checkpoints in Cyprus were chosen for the marathon

More info: www.tispol.org