POLICE OFFICERS across Europe are making ready for their latest "Speed Enforcement Marathon", taking place from 0600 on Wednesday 19 April to 0600 on Thursday 20 April. The 24-hour initiative forms part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation, running from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 April.
Figures from 2016 show that 95 per cent of drivers observed by police officers during the 24 hours of the Speed Marathon were using legal speeds.
The Speed Marathon concept was devised three years ago in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Here, members of the public have once again been invited to vote on the locations where they would like speed enforcement measures to take place.
The German concept has been enthusiastically adapted and this year is scheduled to be used in all TISPOL member countries.
Quick facts about the 2016 Speed Marathon (21 and 22 April)
Countries involved: 22
Control sites: 12,706
Vehicles checked: 2,463,622
Officers participating: 12,906
Offences detected: 122,508
Percentage: 4.97% of vehicles checked were speeding
Or, to put another way, the results show that 19 out of every 20 drivers checked were within legal limits.