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Suffolk motorists putting lives at risk

PUBLISHED: 10:36 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 05 July 2010

MOTORISTS are continuing to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk.

That was the stark response from police chiefs today as the latest casualty figures were released.

MOTORISTS are continuing to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk.

That was the stark response from police chiefs today as the latest casualty figures were released.

Between January and May 2008, 157 people were killed or seriously injured (KSI). This is 37 more KSI casualties (an increase of 30.8pc) compared to the same period in 2007. Of the total number of 39 fatal casualties recorded in Suffolk during 2007, 12 (30.8pc) were identified as not wearing seatbelts.

Deputy Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer, vice chair of the Suffolk Roadsafe Board - which comprises representatives from

Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Safecam, the Highways Agency and the East of England Ambulance Service - said: “These are extremely worrying statistics and we are concerned that many road users are not taking traffic offences seriously enough. Too many lives are being needlessly shattered and wasted so we are getting tough on offenders,” explained DCC Cheer. “If you break the law and risk lives then we'll catch you.”

The Constabulary will partner up with Suffolk County Council in a bid to reduce casualties and will be carrying out a period of sustained and enhanced enforcement across the county. Extra enforcement patrols will be deployed between September and December to target inappropriate driver behaviour and will be taking a robust stance in dealing with road traffic offences. This will be supported by increased enforcement by Suffolk Safecam.

DCC Cheer said: “Many road users may feel that traffic offences are trivial but it has been proved repeatedly that this is not the case. In fact, national research found a clear correlation between enforcement of road safety legislation and casualty reduction. This is a majority priority for us and we will be taking a tough approach to irresponsible drivers.”

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