Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Over 1,600 motorists caught speeding during campaign

15:10 29 April 2014

Over 1,600 people caught speeding during week-long campaign

Over 1,600 people caught speeding during week-long campaign

Over 1,600 motorists were caught speeding in Norfolk and Suffolk during a week-long European enforcement campaign.

shares

Officers from a number of police units were involved in the crackdown.

The campaign was lead by TISPOL – the European Traffic Police Network, and included officers from the joint Roads Policing Unit, vans from Suffolk SafeCam and the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership.

Speeding is one of the ‘Fatal Four’ driving offences alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences. During the campaign, which ran between April 14-20, officers aimed to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.

In total 1,624 motorists were caught speeding, 555 of which were caught by fixed cameras, and the remaining 1,069 were caught by police officers on patrol or mobile cameras.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks said: “The TISPOL week of action is a good way to focus attention on speeding and the risks you take when you go over the limit. Simply put speeding makes you more likely to have a collision, which can cause damage, expense, injury or ultimately the loss of life.

“There is never an excuse to speed, and all of those stopped will have been spoken to about their driving behaviour. Some have received a Fixed Penalty Notice or if they were driving excessively over the limit, they will be considered for prosecution at court.

“It’s as much about educating drivers as it is enforcement, and those drivers who were only slightly over the speed limit, have a clean licence and have not received a fine in the last three years have been offered the chance to complete a speed awareness course instead of getting points. These courses prove very effective in making drivers conscious of their speed and they will also pass the message to other friends and relatives.

“However, some people continue to think speeding is acceptable and so we will carry on our work to make Norfolk and Suffolk’s roads safer.”

Motorists caught speeding will face a £100 fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence, or may have the option to complete a Speed Awareness course. Under certain circumstances drivers could be taken to court where they may face larger fines and disqualification from driving.

shares

1 comment

  • 1600 people at £80 a pop for "training" ... a nuce littke £120k earner for the police? No society can criminalise large sections of society and remain stable.

    Report this comment

    Roger Pearse

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Michael Turner of Norwich and Daryl Murphy of Ipswich Town in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267
23/08/2014

Police are asking both sets of fans to arrive early, with turnstiles and stadium bars opening at 10.45am on Saturday.

Stowmarket High Street

A Suffolk town’s high street is performing better than ever, according to a new report.

Aerial shot of Bury St Edmunds - St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Angel Hill.

Which of Suffolk’s parliamentary candidates likes a dry white wine? Which one is a Queen fan? Who plays the violin? And who is the archaeologist?

Abellio Greater Anglia

Someone was struck by a train in the Harold Wood area this morning.

Will Ipswich be going to Wembley?

Will it be mind over matter as Ipswich Town take on Norwich City in the first leg of the play-off semi final this weekend?

Queue for Play off tickets home leg at Ipswich

Tickets for the home leg of the most important Ipswich-Norwich derby in decades went on general sale today.

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor during a press call for the UK Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

Ipswich dancing star Robin Windsor has been told he will remain part of the Strictly Come Dancing “family” despite his axe from the celebrity ballroom show, it can be revealed.

Ambulance bosses are considering proposals which include stopping paramedics from attending certain 999 calls. Photo: Simon Finlay

A union last night insisted patients would not be put at risk by plans to limit the number of 999 calls paramedics respond to in the last hour of their shift.

Year 13 students from Suffolk One College got some on-site experience with the TA Hotel Collection. From left to right: Students Rebecca Rasch, Daisy Mayhew, Abigail Frost, Ollie Avis and Ellie Balls; Suffolk One College teacher Anne Brandt; Kylie Land, receptionist from the Brudenell Hotel, general manager Peter Osborne and receptionist Toni Mudge, also from the Brudenell

Future hotel managers got some hands-on experience on the Suffolk coast.

A car collided with a tree

The woman, thought to be in her early 20s, has been taken to Ipswich hospital.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages