TISPOL is committed to reducing death, serious injury and crime on Europe's roads. Its activities are guided by research, intelligence, information and experience, to produce measurable results that contribute to reducing casualties and making roads safer.


Irish police mount a weekend offensive against drink-driving

As part of Ireland's Operation Artery, police officers have conducted a number of Super 'Mandatory Alcohol Testing' (MAT) checkpoints over this past weekend in the Dublin area. The emphasis of these checkpoints was to target intoxicated driving through the use of Mandatory Alcohol Testing for the duration of the MAT checkpoint. In addition to intoxicated driving, general road offences were also tar

TISPOL announces details of its 2010 Conference

Delegate bookings are now open for the annual conference of the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), which takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport, on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 September this year. 

Seatbelt enforcement operation begins across Europe

A WARNING is going out to vehicle occupants across Europe as police vegin a week-long Europe-wide road safety campaign. Officers will be on the lookout for law breakers - sending the message that seatbelts should be worn at all times.

Results from a similar operation in September show that nearly 100,000 drivers and passengers were detected for not wearing seatbelts. 

European traffic police unable to deal effectively with illicit drug driving problem

Drugs Field Impairment TestDrugs Field Impairment TestSpeaking ahead of this year's European Road Safety Day, TISPOL president Wolfgang Blindenbacher said there were still some countries in Europe which currently had not the capability to tackle the problem of driving while impaired by illicit drugs in an efficient manner.

Research from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (presented at TISPOL's annual conference in Harrogate on 1 October) suggests that around one per cent of all car journeys are made by someone who is unfit to drive because of drugs, either illicit or medicinal. Across the EU (population 497 million) that translates to more than eight million journeys every day*.  In Germany (population 83 million) the number is estimated to be 1.4 million* while in the UK (population 60 million) the estimate is around one million*.

Summer newsletter 2012

Words and pictures from the recent seminars in Helsinki, plus an interview with Szabolcs Schmidt, head of the Road Safety Unit at DG MOVE in the European Commission... and a review of the RPA Conference which took place in Brussels

Seven confirmed dead in UK's worst motorway crash for 20 years

The death toll in the UK's worst motorway crash for two decades has been confirmed as seven, police have announced. A further people were 51 injured after 28 cars and six trucks were involved in a multiple collision on a northbound section of the M5 motorway in Somerset on Friday night.

Many of the cars had been melted into the road surface by a fireball which engulfed a 100-yard stretch of the motorway. Four of the confirmed dead were in one vehicle.

New guidelines for setting Irish speed limits

The Department of Transport in Ireland has announced new guidelines for the setting of speed limits. These will be be sent to authorities by the end of...

More than 75 criminals detected in police checks on buses across Europe

TISPOL co-ordinated a cross border operation recently (10-16 February 2014)  which involved European buses travelling through 18 countries. More than 36,000 vehicles were controlled, resulting in the detection of 6,505 traffic offences and a further 77 crimes.

Lifesaver exchanges: successes so far in 2010

The last four months have been busy for the Lifesaver Project, with many Officer Exchanges, Operations and a Roads Policing Seminar taking place.  The opportunity to share good practice asnd to see colleagues from...

Poland: warning to motorists for holiday weekend

THE MAY weekend means a great many families will be travelling to meet relatives and friends. In particular, Poland's roads will be very busy. However, the police are urging drivers to 'use their brain' on the road and adjust their speed to the prevailing conditions.