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Motorists continuing to flout the law

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

MORE than a month into a countywide Road Safe campaign, motorists are continuing to flout the law as they put their lives and the lives of others at risk.

MORE than a month into a countywide Road Safe campaign, motorists are continuing to flout the law as they put their lives and the lives of others at risk.

Since the start of last month, Suffolk police - in partnership with Suffolk County Council - have been positioned at various hotspots throughout the county clamping down on motorists who haven't been wearing their seatbelts, have been using their mobile phones, were speeding and drink driving.

Between September 1 and October 7, those caught in the Lowestoft area have all committed the following offences:

105 people weren't wearing their seatbelt

27 drivers were using their mobile phones

93 motorists were caught speeding.

38 fixed penalty notices were also issued for other motoring offences, such as vehicle defects.

There were also four notices issued for no insurance, there have been two arrests and there have also been seven immediate prohibitions (because of condition of vehicle).

Countywide, however, more than 1,100 motorists have been caught committing a traffic offence on Suffolk's roads during the past month

The Road Safe initiative, which has seen a period of sustained and enhanced enforcement across the county, has also been supported by increased enforcement by Suffolk Safecam and on occasions officers are using speed cameras in unmarked vehicles in order to detect speeding motorists.

The latest figures show that between January 1 and October 10, there were 299 people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Suffolk's roads. In the same period in 2007, there were 226 people killed or seriously injured. This is 73 more KSI casualties (an increase of 32pc) in 2008 compared to 2007.

Deputy Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “These figures speak volumes and show there are still a considerable number of people who use the county's roads unlawfully. To have over 700 people caught not wearing a seatbelt is quite astonishing. It's a simple decision: putting on your seatbelt takes less than 30 seconds, not wearing a seatbelt can lead to serious injury or even death.

“We will continue to target those people who are putting their lives and the lives of others at risk. Using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt, drink driving and speeding… these offences are not acceptable.

“This increased enforcement will, we hope, save people's lives,” the deputy chief constable added.

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