In August we discussed TISPOL’s summer speed control operation which ran between 17th and 23rd August and now results have been collated and published, showing that over half a million drivers in Europe were found to be breaking the speed limit.
The police forces of 27 different countries got involved to discover how much of an impact speeding has upon roads across Europe. In total there were 549,237 speeding detections and 192,654 of these were made directly by police offers whilst the remainder came from what TISPOL described as ‘automatic technical means.’
TISPOL was founded by the traffic police forces across Europe to focus on the improvement of road safety and law enforcement across the roads of the Continent. Its core aim is to reduce the number of fatalities and serious casualties on the roads across Europe, by working together in targeted campaigns and pooling resources.
Whilst TISPOL has a focus on enforcement and a presence on the roads, they also describe themselves as a platform for learning and exchange of good practice across different traffic police forces from around Europe. They are able to share information and research between the forces to help the whole of Europe improve its records on the roads.
General Secretary of TISPOL, Ruth Purdie commented on the results of the operation by stating that 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.’ The organisation’s focus on speeding has become necessary to bring injury and fatality rates down because, as Purdie also said in her statement, excessive speed is a factor which continues to ‘hamper…efforts to reduce fatality and serious injury rates.’
Speeding in the UK
Motorists who are caught speeding in the UK face a range of different penalties for their offence. The minimum penalty is a £100 fine and 3 penalty points added to their driving licence but repeated offences could result in a driving disqualification of up to three years.
Speeding causes many accidents and then the risk of criminal prosecution is also possible, if the driver causes an accident where a victim is seriously injured or even killed. Further to this if a speeding vehicle is involved in a road traffic accident and someone is injured and wants to claim compensation they are within their rights to do so. If the inappropriate speed and fault of the accident can be proven then the cost of speeding just climbs higher and higher.
It is a risk that there is no excuse for on the roads of the UK and wider Europe and the potential human cost as well as the risk of financial loss and a criminal record simply aren’t worth it.