TISPOL's 24-hour speed marathon begins Wednesday 0600

Published Tue, 17/04/2018 - 18:41

POLICE OFFICERS across Europe are making ready for their latest ‘Speed Marathon’, taking place from 0600 on Wednesday 18 April to 0600 on Thursday 19 April. The 24-hour initiative forms part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation, running from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 April.


Figures from 2017 show that of 2,939,375 vehicles checked during the 24-hour operation, 2,788,302 (95 per cent) were using legal speeds and that 151,073 offences were detected, either by police officers or by technical means. 


The Speed Marathon concept was devised four years ago in Germany. 

The  concept has been adapted and this year is scheduled to be used in 18 TISPOL member countries.


TISPOL President Paolo Cestra commented: “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 minds 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 the 2017 Speed Marathon (19 and 20 April)

Countries involved:             23

Control sites:                         12,876

Vehicles checked:                 2,939,475

Officers participating:         15,570

Offences detected:               151,073

Percentage:                            5.13% of vehicles checked were speeding    

Or, to put another way, the results show for another year that 19 out of every 20 drivers checked were within legal limits.