Starting today and ending on Sunday 23rd April, GNR road traffic units will be concentrating on catching speeding motorists by using their devilish range of mobile and fixed speed control gizmos.
Concentrating on roads where speeding already has proven to be the cause of serious accidents, the GNR aims to add to this year’s catch of 44,000 motorists fined for exceeding the speed limit.
Operation Tispol is nothing new and drivers in Setúbal, the area where the most speeders are caught (5,831), are duly warned that their activities will not be tolerated.
Next in the list of dangerous areas is Aveiro, followed by Oporto. The safest districts are Braga (655 speeders) and Portalagre where just 307 people have been stopped for speeding.
Tispol, the European Traffic Police Network, is a pan-European operation that targets those roads where excess speed is the main factor in traffic accidents. The five-day purge in Portugal is being mirrored across Europe.
The GNR will be using traffic detachments from 18 of its Territorial Commands and from the National Transit Unit which also will have officers out and about on the country’s roads and motorways.
So far this year, the GNR has stopped and questioned 2,300,000 drivers, many of them more than once, and are keen to issue fines as the service has financial targets to meet as listed in the State budget.