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Crackdown statistics are analysed

PUBLISHED: 12:34 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 05 July 2010

ROADS across north Suffolk are now safer thanks to an intensive campaign to reduce the numbers of serious or fatal accidents.

That is the hope of all the agencies involved in the Save A Life campaign, which is supported by The Journal, together with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Safecam, the Highways Agency and the East of England Ambulance Service.

ROADS across north Suffolk are now safer thanks to an intensive campaign to reduce the numbers of serious or fatal accidents.

That is the hope of all the agencies involved in the Save A Life campaign, which is supported by The Journal, together with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Safecam, the Highways Agency and the East of England Ambulance Service.

The 10-week crackdown, which has raised awareness of the shocking statistics surrounding the amount of accidents on the county's roads, ended on December 1.

And now the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership Board is focusing on the next course of action to be taken.

While the board are now looking at a final report on accidents for the year - with this likely to be unveiled in the New Year - The Journal can today reveal that around 3,000 motorists have been caught on the county's roads committing offences since police began their enforcement crackdown in September.

Officers have carried out extra enforcement, particularly around wearing seatbelts, speeding, using a mobile phone and

drink driving.

The latest figures across the county show that as at December 6, 94 additional deployments have been undertaken, with 1,643 people stopped for not wearing a seatbelt, 507 caught using mobile phones, 788 speeding and 15 drink driving. Of these, 12 people were arrested - eight in Lowestoft - and 531 fixed penalty notices were issued.

The number of people killed or seriously injured on roads in Suffolk has increased compared to last year. Latest figures show that between January 1 and December 12 there were 348 people killed or seriously injured on Suffolk's roads, compared to 291 in the same period last year.

In particular, it is the number of people being seriously injured that has increased this year compared to 2007 - 255 between January 1 and December 12, 2007, and 318 in the same period in 2008.

The number of people killed on Suffolk's roads during this period has actually decreased, from 36 in 2007 to 30 in 2008.

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