Police launch week-long crackdown on speeding motorists in Norfolk and Suffolk
Cracking down on speeding drivers is top priority in a week-long enforcement campaign by police in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign, aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.
Starting today, the Europe-wide campaign co-ordinated by Tispol, the European Traffic Police Network, will run until Sunday, August 12.
"Speed limits are in place for a reason," said chief inspector Kris Barnard, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit.
"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.
"Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four' offences - alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt - which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision.
"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 17 people have died in collisions in Norfolk so far this year."
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.
"Do yourself and everyone else a favour kill your speed rather than yourself or someone else” - Lorne Green.
Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, Lorne Green, added: "Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents which is why I have invested in a number of schemes to tackle speeding on our county’s roads.
"I attach great importance as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner to keeping our roads safe by closely working with Norfolk Police and partner agencies and welcome the latest week-long crackdown.
"It is however tragic so many people have been killed on our roads so far this year.
"Put simply excessive speeding kills and it is just not worth the risk and should not be tolerated by the community.
"Do yourself and everyone else a favour kill your speed rather than yourself or someone else.”