Luxembourg’s police campaign against speeding

Luxembourg’s police force will participate in a 24-hour ‘speed enforcement marathon’ organised all over Europe campaigning to convince drivers to stop speeding.

The campaign is coordinated by the Traffic Information Police (TISPOL) in 24 countries simultaneously under the slogan ‘slow down Europe’ and is organised as speeding remains the principal cause for fatal accidents to date.

The ‘speed enforcement marathon’ will begin on Wednesday, April 19 at 6am and continue until Thursday 6am.

During the campaign, Luxembourg police will carry out speed checks at strategic points throughout the country during the entire day. These checks will mainly focus on speeding and meant to prevent road accidents linked to speeding.

This will be the third time the coordinated European action takes place. Police will be communicating with the public on Twitter under the hashtag #SlowDownEurope during the whole day.

In 2016, 95% were driving legal speeds

Figures from 2016 show that 95% 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.

TISPOL President Paolo Cestra commented: “Our forthcoming speed enforcement activity is all about prevention. We want drivers to think about the speeds they choose; speeds which are both legal and appropriate for the conditions.

“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 minds of drivers, not their purses.”