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Police campaign set for north Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 10:58 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:56 06 July 2010

SPEEDING motorists are set to be targeted during a police crackdown across north Suffolk next week.

Suffolk police will be targeting motorists who risk lives by speeding as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.

SPEEDING motorists are set to be targeted during a police crackdown across north Suffolk next week.

Suffolk 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 - will run between Monday, April 20 and Sunday, April 26 and will see increased checks and enforcement across Suffolk.

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 be disqualified from driving.

Although Suffolk Constabulary regularly carry out speed checks and remains committed to making Suffolk's roads safer throughout the year, the week-long campaign aims to highlight the issue through education and enforcement, with increased checks meaning motorists are more likely than ever to be caught when driving at excessive speeds.

Chief Inspector Mike Bacon, from Suffolk's Roads Policing Unit, said: “Although it is an all year round priority, we conduct speed enforcement campaigns so that we can reinforce the message that speed kills.

“We want drivers to realise that excessive speed is as dangerous as drink-driving - it is a contributory factor in a great number of collisions and even a couple of miles an hour too fast can make all the difference between having a collision or completing your journey safely.

“Speed affects the ability of a driver to react and avoid collisions. When driving you can be met by something unexpected at any moment and, while a collision may be unavoidable, you can greatly reduce the chances of doing serious harm if you are travelling at the speed limit designated for the road you're travelling on.

“It's a minority of drivers who feel they are above the law that place the majority of the public at risk - and it's these motorists we will be targeting throughout this campaign and beyond,” Ch. Insp. Bacon said.

The government's 'It's 30 for a reason' advertisement campaigns continue to highlight the dangers of excessive speed. The most recent focusing on the long-term impact on a driver's life if they were to kill a child while speeding. The TV ad shows how a man who has knocked down a child while driving too fast on a 30mph road is haunted by an image of the dead boy. ….. this also suggests that incidents involving speeding can have widespread effects.

“The impact of fatal road traffic collisions, whether it's to the lives of the families and friends of the victims or the drivers involved should not be underestimated,” Ch. Insp. Bacon added. It's something they have to live with for the rest of their lives. The simple message is slow down-speed kills.”

Sending out the message - “slow down-speed kills” - Suffolk police will be targeting motorists who risk lives by speeding as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.

The crackdown, which is being led by TISPOL - the European Traffic Police Network - runs from next Monday to Sunday, April 26 and will see increased checks and enforcement across the county.

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 be disqualified from driving.

This week-long campaign aims to highlight the speeding problem through education and enforcement, with increased checks meaning motorists are more likely than ever to be caught when driving at excessive speeds.

Chief Inspector Mike Bacon, from Suffolk's Roads Policing Unit, said: “Although it is an all year round priority, we conduct speed enforcement campaigns so that we can reinforce the message that speed kills.

“We want drivers to realise that excessive speed is as dangerous as drink-driving - it is a contributory factor in a great number of collisions and even a couple of miles an hour too fast can make all the difference between having a collision or completing your journey safely. Speed affects the ability of a driver to react and avoid collisions,” Ch. Insp. Bacon said.

“When driving you can be met by something unexpected at any moment and, while a collision may be unavoidable, you can greatly reduce the chances of doing serious harm if you are travelling at the speed limit designated for the road you're travelling on.”

Admitting that it was a “minority” of drivers who flout the law and put the “majority” of others at risk, Ch. Insp. Bacon added: “The impact of fatal road traffic collisions, whether it's to the lives of the families and friends of the victims or the drivers involved should not be underestimated.

“It's something they have to live with for the rest of their lives. The simple message is slow down-speed kills.”

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