Nearly 1,000 motorists were caught speeding in Suffolk during a week-long speed enforcement campaign in the county.

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The campaign, led by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network ran between Monday, August 20 and Sunday, August 26.

Roads policing officers and the constabulary’s SafeCam vans were deployed county-wide for vehicle checks and speed enforcement.

During the campaign a total of 967 motorists were caught speeding, 64 of which were caught by SafeCam cameras and fixed cameras, and the remaining 903 were caught by police officers on patrol.

Speeding is one of the four fatal driving offences alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

Last year there were 28 fatal collisions on Suffolk’s roads resulting in 30 deaths.

In six of these incidents speeding was identified as being a contributory factor.

In 2010 speeding was a contributing factor in just under a third of road deaths in the county.

Sgt Paul Ward, of the casualty reduction team, said: “During the campaign our officers have been working hard to highlight the issue of speeding through enforcement and education and drivers should know that there is never an excuse for flouting the speed limit. “Campaigns such as this see a heightened concentration on those speeding in the county but our aim is to reduce the amount of casualties on Suffolk’s roads throughout the year and we will continue to crackdown on those who drive at excessive speed.

“Thirty people were killed on Suffolk’s roads last year and twenty in the previous year and the role speed plays in both fatal and serious road traffic collisions cannot be underestimated.

“The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death.

“The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.

“The message is very simple - Speed limits are there for a reason.”

4 comments

  • And how many illegal immigrants did you catch and deport..... proberly none

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    billythebookie

    Friday, August 31, 2012

  • "...and the role speed plays in both fatal and serious road traffic collisions cannot be underestimated". But it is frequently over-estimated - usually by the Police... People do want other motorists to drive sensibly and safely, but they also want them to be sober and have a licence, insurance and some road tax - which cameras can do little about. If, on the other hand, a police officer decides I'm driving unsafely and pulls me over, fair enough, at least he's used his judgement. And he can check my sobriety etc etc while he's at it. But speeding it easy to detect and automate with cameras, and the prosecutions can be handled cheaply by civilian back-office administration staff (ie SafeCam 'Partnerships'), so that's why Chief Constables put so much emphasis on it.

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    SEAN SMITH

    Friday, August 31, 2012

  • Since there were 28 fatal collisions but speed was a contributory factor in only six of them, does that mean that the collision is more likely to be fatal if you are NOT speeding? ;-)

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    jayprime

    Friday, August 31, 2012

  • There is no doubt speed is a contributing factor in road deaths. But i'm cynical about these campaigns. Who gets the 'fine' money?

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    Brett Ford

    Friday, August 31, 2012

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