Wednesday 17 January 2018

Massive 24 hour crackdown on speeding

By Esther Hayden

Garda speed checkpoint.
Garda speed checkpoint.

There is a big crackdown on speeding taking place in Wexford until 6am on Friday morning.

The crackdown is part of the first ever pan European 24-hour speed enforcement marathon being organised by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network. In total, 22 countries are taking part in the marathon, which started today at 6am and will run until 6am on Friday April 17.

TISPOL President Aidan Reid of Dublin Metropolitan Traffic said: 'The speed marathon is all about prevention. 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 heads of drivers, not their purses.

'We encourage members of the public to join our road safety conversation and show their support for this life-saving work on Twitter, using the #TISPOLOpSpeed hashtag.

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 Europe¹s roads safer.'

Last year, 27,500 people died in road collisions throughout the European Union.

Countries confirming their participation in the marathon are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and the United Kingdom.

Norway, although not an EU member state, is also taking part.

'196 people tragically lost their lives on Irish roads last year. To date 47 people have died, and although that is five fewer than this date last year, it is still 47 too many. One road death is one too many. Many more people are seriously injured in road crashes also. There are 727 locations, known as 'speed enforcement zones' where the safety cameras operate, and which have a history of fatal and serious injury collisions. To inform and protect motorists we publish these high risk locations on the Garda website, so drivers can become familiar with where they are, but most importantly contribute to making the roads safer by slowing down. Throughout the course of the Speed Enforcement Marathon we will be releasing figures from safety cameras operating in these high risk zones. Our wish is for zero detections, which effectively means drivers have responded to the aim of this initiative - to slow down and make the roads safer for all.'

Wexford People

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