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PUBLISHED: 08:44 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

A WARNING to motorists to "not become a statistic" has today been issued following a worrying trend of drivers continuing to flout the law.

The stark message was sent out by the Suffolk Roadsafe Board - consisting of police chiefs, the county council and emergency services - after motorists committed over 2,100 offences on the county's roads.

A WARNING to motorists to “not become a statistic” has today been issued following a worrying trend of drivers continuing to flout the law.

The stark message was sent out by the Suffolk Roadsafe Board - consisting of police chiefs, the county council and emergency services - after motorists committed over 2,100 offences on the county's roads.

Ever since a new campaign was launched in September, 2,165 traffic offences have been committed in Suffolk between September 1 and November 5.

The figures released on Wednesday, November 12, show there are still a considerable number of motorists who are flouting the law.

At the beginning of September, Suffolk Constabulary launched, in partnership with Suffolk County Council, a period of sustained and enhanced enforcement across the county. This was introduced to reduce casualties by targeting inappropriate behaviour on the county's roads.

The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on roads in Suffolk has increased compared to last year. Latest figures show that between January 1 and November 7, there were 329 people killed or seriously injured on Suffolk's roads. In the same period in 2007, there were 247 people killed or seriously injured. This is 82 more KSI casualties (an increase of 33pc) in 2008 compared to 2007.

In particular, it is the number of people being seriously injured that has increased this year compared to 2007. 219 people were seriously injured between January 1 and November 7, 2007, compared to 303 during the same period in 2008.

The number of people killed on Suffolk's roads during this period has actually decreased from 28 in 2007 to 26 in 2008 (a decrease of 7.7pc).

So far, as part of the campaign, officers have caught 1,176 people without a seatbelt, 328 drivers using their mobile phones, and 661 motorists speeding. 353 fixed penalty notices have also been issued for other motoring offences, such as vehicle defects.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “Disappointingly there are still motorists and passengers who continue to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk.

“Please don't become a statistic. Please, belt up, switch off the mobile, slow down, and don't drink and drive.”

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