2022 ROADPOL Speed Marathon

To Be Conducted On March 24th


CROP Italy Speed MarathonPHOTO: POLIZIADISTATO.ITThe 2022 ROADPOL Speed Marathon is to be carried out on March 24th.

The annual flagship enforcement event of the European Roads Policing Network will be performed by Road Police forces across Europe for a period of complete 24 hours. The ROADPOL Speed Marathon takes place within the 7-day Operation Speed (21-27 March).


During the operation member countries will be enforcing speed limits as set in their own country. This will be applied either by officer intervention i.e. the physical presence of a police officer checking the speed of a vehicle using an approved method and device and then stopping and reporting the driver, or by the use of fixed automatic devices such as fixed cameras at the roadside.


2022 will mark the ninth time the Speed Marathon will be performed across the continent. Last year 16 countries took part in the 24-hour enforcement event. 12 418 police officers checked more than 2 003 801 drivers for their speed at 7971 checkpoints. They found 136 337 violations. 90682 drivers were pulled over to get a fine and an explanation why speeding is dangerous and 45 655 drivers received a fine by post, because the violations were discovered by technical means. The driving license of several drivers were confiscated because of the excessive speed. The registered violation rate was 6.8%. The record speed registered in 2021 was 262 km/h - in Belgium – an excess of 142 km/h over the speed limit.

NL Henk Roadpol PortretHenk JansenObjective

“Speed itself is not dangerous, but speeding is – especially in combination with other risk factors, such as mixed traffic with cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses on the motorway or automobiles, bicycles and pedestrians in the urban areas. Speeding is the main cause of about 25.000 fatal road collisions in Europe”, ROADPOL's Operational Working Group Secretary Henk Jansen of the National Police of the Netherlands commented. “And the fines are not the goal, but just the means. The goal is to make drivers aware of their dangerous behaviour”, Jansen added.