Suffolk police will be targeting motorists who risk lives by speeding this week, as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.
The campaign, led by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, begins today, Monday 20 and will run until Sunday 26 August.
Nationally the number of people killed in road collisions reported to the police increased by 3 per cent from 2010 to 2011. This is the first increase since 2003.
During a similar speed campaign held in Suffolk in April a total of 707 motorists were caught speeding.
This week will see an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county in a bid to reduce the amount of people driving at excessive speeds.
Speeding is one of the ‘Fatal Four’ driving offences alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences. Last year there were 28 fatal collisions on Suffolk’s roads resulting in 30 deaths. In six of these incidents speeding was identified as being a contributory factor. In 2010 speeding was a contributing factor in just under a third of road deaths in the county.
Officers will be interacting with drivers during the campaign; aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.
Depending upon the level of infringement motorists caught speeding may be offered a Speed Awareness course or receive a £60 fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence. Under certain circumstances drivers could be taken to court where they may face larger fines and disqualification from driving.
Sgt Paul Ward of the Casualty Reduction Team said:
“Our aim is to reduce the amount of casualties on Suffolk’s roads through education and enforcement. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens. If you kill someone while speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences. Those who speed need to realise that they are not only putting their lives at risk but also the lives of other road users.”
He added: “The message is very simple – Speed limits are there for a reason.”