Police to spend the week cracking down on speeding drivers

Police are set to target speeding drivers during a week-long campaign. Picture: James Bass

Police are set to target speeding drivers during a week-long campaign. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Speeding drivers are set to be targeted during a week-long police campaign.

Officers from Suffolk Constabulary will be conducting increased checks on the county's roads from today until Sunday, April 22.

The initiative is part of a Europe-wide effort to crack down on speeding motorists and has been coordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network.

Chief inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: 'We work closely with our partners all year round to target speeding drivers; these campaigns allow us to enforce the law while also raising awareness of the dangers and educating motorists.

'All too often officers have to deal with the results of drivers speeding, which can be devastating, with families and friends being left behind to pick up their lives after the event. One fatality on our roads is one too many.

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'Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road.'

Alongside drink-driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving while using a mobile phone, speeding is one of the 'fatal four' motoring offences which increase the likelihood of death or serious injury in a collision.

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Drivers caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's police and crime commissioner said: 'The safety of all road users in Suffolk is a key priority for me as the county's police and crime commissioner. Speeding wrecks lives and there really is no excuse for it.

'I find it absolutely staggering that, despite all the publicity and numerous warning signs, drivers cannot keep to the speed limit - they are there for a reason.

'Speed is one of the fatal four causes of serious injury or death on our roads and these thoughtless drivers really do need to wake up to the fact that they are not just risking their own lives, but the lives of fellow road users.'

For results and updates during the campaign, follow the Roads Policing Unit on Twitter, @NSRoadsPolicing.

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