Suffolk: Police catch 16 motorists speeding on the A140 in two hours

Delays have been building on the A140 Delays have been building on the A140

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
3:04 PM

Sixteen motorists have been caught speeding on the A140 following a speed enforcement operation.

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Officers from the Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit carried out speed checks at Brockford Street between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Sunday. Three drivers were reported for summons for speeding, while ten received fixed penalty notices. A further three drivers were referred to attend speed awareness courses. Since January 1, 23 people have been killed on Suffolk’s roads, compared with 25 for the whole of 2013.

Reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on Suffolk’s roads remains a priority for the constabulary and throughout the year campaigns take place to not only carry out enforcement but also educate drivers of potential dangers and consequences of their actions.

Sergeant Jon Eaves from the Mid Suffolk north safer neighbourhood team said: “Local residents living in the area had complained on a number of occasions about the issue of speeding motorists on the A140 and particularly along this stretch of road. The issue often increases in the summer when the number of vehicles using the roads during the holiday period increases.

“Speeding is considered one of the ‘fatal four’, so together with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while not wearing a seatbelt and driving whilst using a mobile phone, it is one of the main contributing factors leading to people being killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.

“We hope the operation over the weekend, will not only go some way to reassuring local people that we do listen to their concerns, but also make people think about speeding before getting behind the wheel.”

12 comments

  • It does not take a brain surgeon to see that fixed speed cameras are a nonsensical bit of kit IF they are left in a FIXED positions for too long.The one camera on the M11 is a prime example. It's been their since time began so people slow down then speed up once past it. If you have a bit of road that's causing accidents then work it so there are 3 or 4 slots for the camera to operate from...get the night shift to move it from one slot to another...hey presto...speeders kept guessing...for a while! BUT calibrate the camera to a speed that's at least 8mph over the limit and not 2...!!!!!

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    waspie

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I see the moderators have been at it again...a great long thread of comments advocating all manner of opinions is reduced down to a handful that support the editors opinion. Sir, if you don't want to hear other peoples views do not invite comment!

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • These numbers are not really surprising. With today's improved technology the police can estimate your speed from over half a mile distance from the machine it is using. BUT where as years ago if you were PINGED at a speed less than 10 miles over the limit you were stopped and cautioned verbally about your driving...now because it is so much of a cash cow you are prosecuted for any speed over 34 miles per hour in a 30 limit. No more advice and discretion just give us your money.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • A few weeks ago, whilst doing 50 along the a140 I was overtaken by a car pulling a caravan. What excuse can there be for that. I wish the police could sit outside my house ever day, sadly it only slows people whilst there. Speed cameras. .speed cameras. .speed cameras. They won't bother the people sticking to the speed limits, only the idiots which aren't

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    Ashley50

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Logic should dictate that cameras should be there to catch the 80mph drivers at night...but they don't, they target the people doing 34. I lived along the B1116 and the late night speeding was enough to move the windows further open during the warm summer nights. Posters commenting about sticking to the speed to avoid a fine are correct, but I would call any driver who claims never to have gone through a 30 zone at 31 or 35 a bare faced liar. These don't tend to be the risky drivers though...its the idiots that don't even try to drive sensibly that end up in a ditch or worse still striking a pedestrian

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I am a resident of Brockford street and one of the residents who contacted the police. I would love there to be speed cameras all along the A140. As far as I'm concerned, the speed limits are clear, people choose to ignore them. I can accept that's it's a busy road, what I can't accept is the sheer stupidity and selfishness of some drivers. We live in a 30 zone....cars go past in the evening and night doing 80 plus. Lorries doing 50. It's ajoke. When we end up with a car tthrough our house, not because of traffic volume but idiots maybe something will be done. Selfish idiots

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    Ashley50

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • The amount of whinging and complaining about being caught speeding really makes me annoyed. The A140 is a dangerous road, not because of the speed limits but the way these are ignored. I drove through this section of road during this check on Sunday and had an idiot tailgating me because I dared to do 50mph and then 30mph through Brockford. Amazing how quickly the brake was applied when he saw the police!! Well done Suffolk Police!!!

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    Voice of Reason

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Speed is not what kills people on the roads , its all the other errors that people have in their driving . Fining people for speeding doesn't reduce the fatalities and neither does it alter peoples manner of driving . But then it makes a few quid and thats what we'd rather have than life itself ! Its not the solution , more Roads Policing Officers for a start would help educate the rubbish drivers that are out there .

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Stop whinging, if you're not speeding in the first place, you're not going to get pulled are you?

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    ykims

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • If speed limits are appropriate and properly signed most drivers will stick to them. Too many Suffolk roads have missing or overgrown signs and on some roads the limit changes so often it is hard to know what speed limit applies. It's time to have an audit on speeds and signage and make sure markings are consistent and visible. I'm sure that would be a more effective approach if the aim is to control speeds.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • What annoys me the most is the £53 million a day we pay into the EU !, with that sort of money invested in British Roads, it would cut the death rates !. The A140 could be made a Dual Carriageway all the way to Norwich !, and it should be by now ! the amount of traffic using it every day is increasing all the time !

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Oh well that makes your crime figures look good. shame it doesn't say 16 burglaries solved, 16 rapists caught, 16 murderers caught but hey ho the good old cash cow prevails.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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