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New police figures highlight concerns

PUBLISHED: 11:15 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 05 July 2010

CONTINUING to crackdown on motorists that are using Suffolk's roads inappropriately, stark new figures have shown that - despite warnings - people are still breaking the law.

CONTINUING to crackdown on motorists that are using Suffolk's roads inappropriately, stark new figures have shown that - despite warnings - people are still breaking the law.

More than 900 motoring offences were committed in the first four weeks of an enforcement campaign, according to the latest figures from Suffolk Police released today.

673 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt, 100 drivers were caught using their mobile phones, and 210 motorists were caught speeding between September 1 and September 29. 115 fixed penalty notices have also been 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, which was introduced to reduce casualties by targeting inappropriate behaviour on the county's roads.

The latest figures show that between January 1 and September 26, there were 275 people killed or seriously injured on Suffolk's roads. In the same period in 2007, there were 216 people killed or seriously injured. This is 59 more KSI casualties (an increase of 27.3pc) in 2008 compared to 2007.

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