More than half a million drivers detected in European speed operation

Published Thu, 24/09/2015 - 13:01

Results from a pan-European speed control operation in August show that 549,000 drivers were detected for breaking speed limits. Police officers in 27 countries took part in the operation, which was co-ordinated by the TISPOL.

Of the final total of 549,237 detections, 192,654 were made directly by police officers and 356,583 came from automatic technical means.

Commenting on the results, TISPOL General Secretary Ruth Purdie reminded drivers that speed was one of the ‘big three killers’ in the road environment. “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. For example, during the week of this speed operation 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).

The operation took place between 17 and 23 August 2015.