Gardai launch 24-hour speed check marathon

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Gardai launch 24-hour speed check marathon

Gardai are taking part in the first pan European speed enforcement marathon which will continue from 6am today to 6am Friday morning.

22 countries are taking part in the TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network) speed check marathon.

In the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the concept was conceived, members of the public have once again been invited to vote on the locations where they would like speed enforcement measures to take place.

TISPOL President Aidan Reid 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.”

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

Quick facts about the speed marathon:

* In Germany, 13,000 officers will be involved at 7,000 speed checkpoints, most requested by members of the public.

* Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland will conduct joint speed checks and border security controls along the ŒVia Baltica¹.

* In Serbia, 1,000 officers will be involved in speed controls during the marathon.

* A total of 90 speed checkpoints in Cyprus have been chosen for the marathon.

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.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, DMR Traffic, Dublin Castle and President of TISPOL said:

"196 people tragically lost their lives on Irish roads last year.

“To date 47 people have died, and although that is 5 fewer than this date last year, it is still 47 too many. One road death is one too many. “

Speed checks will be carried out nationwide; some of the locations in the Dublin area are outlined below

DMR North          Ballymun Road, R132 Cloghran, Swords       

DMR South           R137 Templeogue Road, R114 Firhouse Road                        

DMR East             Enniskerry Road, Rock Road                                       

DMR West           N3 Ashtown                                    

DMR North Central Dublin Port Toll Plaza                   

DMR South Central Naas Road, Bluebell   Sean Moore Road                         

Members of the public are encouraged to join the road safety conversation and show their support on Twitter, using the #TISPOLOpSpeed hashtag.