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Forces join national speeding crackdown next week

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Police patrols and checks on the roads of Norfolk and Suffolk will increase next week as both forces will take part in a two-week national speed campaign.

The #SlowDownSaveLives campaign, co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, will start on Monday and run until Sunday, June 7.

National statistics show that high speeds contribute to around 10 per cent of all injury collisions reported to the police, 13 per cent resulting in a serious injury, and 24 per cent of collisions which result in a death.

The NPCC speed campaign will start from Monday. (35136113)
The NPCC speed campaign will start from Monday. (35136113)

Chief Inspector 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. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

For results and updates throughout the campaign follow the Roads Policing Unit on Twitter @NSRAPT using the hashtag #SlowDownSaveLives

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