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Police to target speeding drivers in week-long crackdown

PUBLISHED: 11:51 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:13 06 August 2018

A week-long police crackdown on speeding drivers in Norfolk starts today. PA Photo: Andrew Parsons.

A week-long police crackdown on speeding drivers in Norfolk starts today. PA Photo: Andrew Parsons.

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A week-long crackdown on speeding drivers in Norfolk starts today as part of a Europe-wide campaign.

Lorne Green has welcomed the latest week-long crackdown on speeding drivers. 
Picture: Nick ButcherLorne Green has welcomed the latest week-long crackdown on speeding drivers. Picture: Nick Butcher

There will be an increased amount of checks and enforcement and officers will be speaking to drivers to highlight the dangers of speeding.

Seventeen people have died in collisions in Norfolk this year.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, of the 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 make 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, “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.

“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.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said he had invested in a number of schemes to tackle speeding on the county’s roads.

He added: “I attach great importance to keeping our roads safe by closely working with Norfolk police and partner agencies and welcome the latest week-long crackdown.

“Do yourself and everyone else a favour, kill your speed rather than yourself or someone else.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (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.

The Europe-wide campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, will run until Sunday, August 12.

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