Police launch speed campaign

Just Regional
May 26, 2020 2 mins read

Norfolk police are urging drivers to #SlowDownSaveLives as part of a two-week national speed campaign.

Officers will be speaking to drivers during the campaign; aiming to highlight the dangers of speeding and informing drivers of the risks and consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.

National statistics state that inappropriate speed contributes to around 10pc of all injury collisions reported to the police, 13pc resulting in a serious injury, and 24pc of collisions which result in a death.

The campaign, co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, will run until Sunday, June 7, and will see an increased amount of checks and enforcement.

The objectives of this year’s campaign are to tackle irresponsible drivers, reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in collisions, educate and inform drivers of the risks posed by speeding.

Chief Insp Kris Barnard, head of the roads and armed policing team said: “Recently we have experienced a reduced number of vehicles on our roads but still on occasion have seen a number of drivers choosing to drive at excessive speeds. It is therefore appropriate for us to continue to make our roads safe by targeting those drivers who pose a threat to themselves and others.

 “As we continue to reiterate, speeding is one of the ‘Fatal Four’ offences making you more likely to be involved in a serious injury or fatal collision alongside drink/drug-driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“We are urging road-users to think not only about their own safety on the roads, but the safety of others. We also want motorists to be aware of the current demand that we as a county, place on our NHS and try to reduce this by driving in a safe manner. Speed limits are implemented for a reason and drivers must ensure that they obey these limits in order to prevent any road related incidents.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a Traffic Offence Report (TOR) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action.

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