Speed enforcement stepped
up across Europe
Police officers in the UK and across Europe are stepping up speed enforcement this week as part of a joint campaign to reduce road casualties.
Forces are working together during the European Traffic Police Network TISPOL operation, which runs from August 17 to 23, 2015.
During the operation officers will use a number of speed detection methods across all types of road.
The purpose of the campaign 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.
"We urge all drivers to challenge their own attitude to speeding," says TISPOL President Aidan Reid.
"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.
A similar TISPOL operation in August 2014 saw a total of more than 580,000 detections in 28 countries across Europe.