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Police will be targeting speeding motorists all week

Monday, 26th April 2010.

From today Suffolk police will be targeting motorists who risk lives by speeding, as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.

The campaign, led by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, will run from today until Sunday, May 2, and will see increased
checks and enforcement across Suffolk.

Speeding is one of the ‘Fatal Four’ driving offences alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences. In 2009, 42 people died on Suffolk’s roads and in half of these incidents speeding was identified as being a contributory factor.

Motorists caught speeding will face a £60 fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence. Certain offences could see drivers taken
to court where they may face larger fines and disqualification from driving.

Reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on Suffolk’s roads is a priority for Suffolk police and, as excessive speed is linked to this, motorists can expect an increased police presence during the campaign.

Officers will be aiming to highlight the issue of speeding through education and enforcement,
meaning motorists are more likely than ever to be caught when driving at excessive speeds.

Chief Insp Adrian Dawson, head of roads policing for Suffolk commented: “Tackling speeding is, of course, a priority throughout the year because excessive speed is so dangerous.

"However, campaigns such as this give us an opportunity to reinforce the message that speed kills. We want drivers and passengers to realise that speeding is a contributory factor in a large number of road traffic collisions and that by sticking to the legal speed limits unnecessary deaths can be prevented.

“Excessive speed affects the ability of a driver to react and avoid collisions. When driving you can be met by something unexpected at any moment and, while a collision may be unavoidable, you can greatly reduce the chances of doing serious harm if you are travelling at the speed limit designated for the road you’re traveling on.

“It’s a minority of drivers, who feel they are above the law, that place the majority of the public at risk – and it’s these motorists we will be targeting throughout this campaign and beyond.”

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