New police campaign begins on Suffolk’s roads

SPEEDING motorists are set to be targeted on roads across Suffok as a new campaign started today (Monday).

Police will be targeting motorists who risk lives by speeding as part of a week-long enforcement campaign. The crackdown, led by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, runs until Sunday (August 28), with an increased amount of checks and enforcement taking place across the county.

Speeding is one of the 'Fatal Four' driving offences alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences. In 2010 20 people died on Suffolk's roads and in six of these incidents speeding was identified as being a contributory factor.

In 2009 speeding was a contributing factor in half of road deaths in the county.

Reducing the number of persons killed or seriously injured on the county's roads is a priority for Suffolk Constabulary. Officers will be aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement, meaning motorists are more likely than ever to be caught when driving at excessive speeds.

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Motorists caught speeding will face a �60 fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence. Certain offences could see drivers taken to court where they may face larger fines and disqualification from driving.

Chief Inspector Adrian Dawson, Head of Roads Policing for Suffolk said: 'Driving at excessive speeds is a contributing factor in a large number of road traffic collisions and people who speed need to realise that they are not only putting their lives at risk but also the lives of other road users. You can greatly reduce the chances of doing serious harm if you are travelling at the speed limit designated for the road you're traveling on.

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'Reducing speeding in the county remains a priority throughout the year and through both education and enforcement we will continue to target motorists who feel they are above the law and put others at risk,' Chief Insp Dawson added.

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