More than 400,000 drivers detected in week-long speed operation

Published Thu, 12/09/2019 - 08:54

Results from a pan-European speed control operation in August show that more than 440,000 drivers were detected for breaking speed limits. A total of 17 countries took part in the operation, which was co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL). 

Of the final total of 440,414 detections, 149,219 were made directly by police officers and 299,392 came from automatic technical means. 

Compared with the same period in 2018,m the infringement rate has declined a little from 19.9% to18.7%.

Commenting on the results, TISPOL Acting General Secretary Aidan Reid 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 found illicit drugs in 307 vehicles (including 125 in Sweden alone) and confiscated 27 illegal firearms (including 20 in the Netherlands alone).  74 wanted persons were arrested through the speed checks and a total of 533 other non-traffic violations were discovered. 

The TISPOL Organisation was established by the traffic police forces of Europe in order to improve road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Europe. 

The operation took place between 12 and 18 August 2019.