Suffolk bid to cut road deaths

A major campaign has been launched to cut the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.

A major campaign has been launched to cut the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.

Suffolk police is aiming to cut the number of casualties by 40pc by 2010. The decision comes after the highest number of deaths for several years on the county's roads in 2006. Last year 47 people died as a result of 40 collisions, compared with 36 deaths in 33 collisions in 2005.

As part of the campaign, all police officers, not just roads policing officers, have been told to tackle offences such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, or using a phone while driving. Drink driving or taking drugs and driving will also be a focus of their activities.

Chief Insp Martin Barnes-Smith, head of Suffolk road policing, said: "The number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads is of great concern to us. We issue countless pieces of advice through the media, information leaflets, poster campaigns and casualty reduction days, and yet incredibly, it would appear the message is not getting across to everyone."

Last year 3,480 drivers in Suffolk were given fixed penalty notices for not wearing a seatbelt. More than 2,500 were given fixed penalty notices for using a phone or other handheld device, and 1,321 were arrested for drink or drug driving. More than 4,100 were stopped and given a ticket for speeding, though that number does not include speed cameras or prosecutions.