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Motorists still putting lives at risk

PUBLISHED: 09:54 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 05 July 2010

STARK new figures released today as part of a countywide Road Safe campaign have highlighted that a large number of people are still flouting the law.

More than 1,100 motorists have been caught committing a traffic offence on Suffolk's roads in the past month of a crackdown called Operation Nucleus.

STARK new figures released today as part of a countywide Road Safe campaign have highlighted that a large number of people are still flouting the law.

More than 1,100 motorists have been caught committing a traffic offence on Suffolk's roads in the past month of a crackdown called Operation Nucleus.

Between September 1 and October 7, 742 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt, 121 drivers were using their mobile phones, and 327 motorists were caught speeding.

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

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 is being supported by increased enforcement by Suffolk Safecam and on occasions officers are using speed cameras in unmarked vehicles in order to detect speeding motorists. This was introduced to reduce casualties by targeting inappropriate behaviour on the county's roads.

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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