Police launch week-long campaign to clamp down on speeding drivers in Suffolk
Police will be targeting speeding drivers as part of a week-long enforcement campaign in Suffolk this month.
The Europe-wide initiative begins on August 21 and will see officers speaking to drivers about the dangers of speeding and the consequences it can have through education and enforcement.
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 and these campaigns allow us to enforce the law while also raising awareness of the dangers and educating motorists.
“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision - alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.
“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, but tragically 22 people have died in collisions in Suffolk so far this year.
There will also be an increased amount of checks across the county before the campaign comes to an end on August 27.
“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,” Chf Insp Barnard said.
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“Drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”
Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, has also lent his support to the campaign and said speeding drivers need to “wake up” to the fact that they are risking other people’s lives as well as their own.
Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a 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.