Police across Europe prepare for week-long speed enforcement operation

Published Sat, 30/03/2019 - 10:03

  • 24-hour ‘Speed Marathon’ starts 00.00 on Wednesday 3 April in 26 countries
  • Identical operation in 2018 saw 257,639 speed offences recorded in 23 participating countries


Police officers across Europe are making ready for their latest week-long speed enforcement operation, which runs for a week from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 April. Included in the week’s activity is this year’s 24-hour ‘Speed Marathon’, starting at 0000 on Wednesday 3 April. 

Figures from 2018 show that of 3,244,397 vehicles checked during the 24-hour operation, 92 per cent were using legal speeds. However, 257,639 speeding offences were detected, either by police officers or by technical means. 

The ‘Speed Marathon’ concept was devised six years ago in Germany. The concept, which involves inviting members of the public to identify locations where they believe speeding is a problem, has been adapted and this year is to be used in 26 participating countries.

 TISPOL President Paolo Cestra said officers were giving plenty of advanced warning in order to increase levels of understanding and compliance. “Our activity is all about prevention,” he said. “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 2018 Speed Marathon (18 and 19 April)

Countries involved:     23

Control sites:               12,876

Officers participating: 14,113

Vehicles checked:       3,224,397

Offences detected:     257,639

Percentage:                  8% of vehicles checked were speeding