Week-long campaign to clamp down on speeding drivers in Suffolk
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Speeding drivers will be targeted as part of a week-long enforcement campaign in Suffolk.
The Europe-wide initiative started on Monday (August 21) with officers using education and enforcement as they speak to drivers about the dangers of speeding and the consequences it can have.
With the campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL – the European Traffic Police Network – continuing until Sunday (August 27), there will be an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county.
Chief Insp Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: 'We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and these campaigns allow us to enforce the law while also raising awareness of the dangers and educating motorists.
'Speeding is one of the 'fatal four' offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision - alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.
'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 22 people have died in collisions in Suffolk so far this year.
'Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road.'
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Tim Passmore, Suffolk's police and crime commissioner, backed the campaign and said speeding drivers need to 'wake up' to the fact that they are risking other people's lives as well as their own.
He added: 'Speeding wrecks lives and there really is no excuse for it.
'I find it absolutely staggering that despite all the publicity and numerous warning signs, drivers cannot keep to the speed limit.'
Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a Traffic Offence Report and face a fine, points on their licence, or even court action.
Some people can opt to take part in a speed awareness course to improve their driving.