Police officers across Europe have commenced a week-long enforcement operation to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding.

Coordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), police officers are using a number of speed detection methods across all types of road and reminding drivers of the benefits for all road users of driving at legal and appropriate speeds.

“We urge all drivers to challenge their own attitude to speeding,” said TISPOL President Paolo Cestra. “Anyone who still believes that speeding is a trivial offence needs to think again. That’s because excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.”

As part of the operation officers will conduct a 24-hour “Speed Marathon”, starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday April 18. Members of the public were invited to vote for speed checkpoints.