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More speed checks taking place on Suffolk roads this week as part of police crackdown

Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

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Speeding drivers are to be targeted during a week-long crackdown by police on Suffolk roads.

Chief Inspector Kristin BarnardChief Inspector Kristin Barnard

Officers said they would increasing the amount of speed checks they carry out across the county as part of the Europe-wide campaign co-ordinated by European Traffic Police Network TISPOL.

Their goal during the enforcement action, which began on Monday and will run until Sunday, is to highlight the dangers of driving too fast.

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.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations 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 six people have died in collisions in Suffolk so far this year.

“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.

“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.”

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: “I fully support this campaign to focus on speeding.

“The safety of all road users in Suffolk is a key priority for me as the county’s police and crime commissioner.

“Speeding wrecks lives and there really is no excuse for it. I find it absolutely staggering that despite all the publicity and numerous warning signs, drivers cannot keep to the speed limit.

“Speed limits are there for a reason. Speed is one of the fatal four causes of serious injury or death on our roads and these thoughtless drivers really do need to wake up to the fact that they are not just risking their own lives, but the lives of fellow road users.”

For results and updates during the campaign, follow the Roads Policing Unit on Twitter @NSRoadsPolicing

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