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Blitz on speeding catches over 1,300 drivers

Thursday, 1st September 2011.

More than 1,300 motorists were caught speeding in Suffolk during a week-long European speed enforcement campaign in the county between Monday and Sunday, August 22-28.

The campaign, lead by Tispol - the European Traffic Police Network - saw an increased amount of checks and enforcement throughout Suffolk.

This resulted in 1,171 people being caught speeding by police officers. A further 197 were caught by fixed cameras in the county, totalling 1,368 motorists in total.

In a similar campaign in April this year over 1,500 motorists were caught speeding and during the same campaign last August the figure was around 1,450.

Police say speeding remains one of the main causation factors of fatal and serious injury collisions.

In 2010 20 people died on Suffolk’s roads and in six of these incidents speeding was identified as being a contributory factor. In 2009 speeding was a contributing factor in half of road deaths in the county.

Insp Bruce Gent of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Despite the small reduction in the amount of people caught speeding, the figures we see are still too high.

"It is disappointing that there are so many people not taking notice of our warnings and continue to drive at excessive speed.

“Campaigns such as this see a heightened concentration on those speeding in the county but it remains a priority throughout the year. There is never an excuse for flouting the speed limit and drivers need to realise the impact driving at excessive speeds can have.

"It is a very simple message but a very important one – speed kills – and we will continue to crackdown on those who drive at excessive speed throughout the year in a bid to reduce casualties on our roads.”

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