Suffolk Constabulary launch campaign to crackdown on lockdown speeders
Police in Suffolk are set to launch a two week campaign to stop people speeding, after incidents during lockdown.
Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner, has said this is necessary with 'some irresponsible individuals' seeing the clearer roads as 'an opportunity' to speed.
Suffolk Constabulary will roll-out an increased amount of checks and enforcement from May 25-June 7 for the #SlowDownSaveLives campaign.
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.
Mr Passmore said: "We all know, we should not be leaving our homes unless absolutely necessary and this naturally means there are fewer vehicles on our roads, which should have a positive impact on road safety during this critical time.
"However, it does seem some irresponsible individuals see the clearer roads as an opportunity to drive at excessive speeds and I’d like to warn them that our Roads and Armed Policing Team continue to enforce speeding and if you are caught you will be prosecuted."
Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign, aiming to highlight the dangers of speeding and informing them of the risks and consequences that driving above the limit can have.
Chief inspector Kris Barnard said: "Recently we have experienced a reduced number of vehicles on our roads, but still on occasion seen a number of drivers choosing to drive at excessive speeds, it is therefore appropriate for us to continue to make our roads safe by targeting those drivers who pose a threat to themselves and others.
"As we continually reiterate, speeding is one of the so-called fatal four offences making you more likely to be involved in a serious injury or fatal collision alongside drink/drug driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.
"We are urging road users to think not only about their own safety on the roads, but the safety of others. We also want motorists to be aware of the current demand that we, as a county, place on our NHS and try to reduce this by driving in a safe manner. Speed limits are implemented for a reason and drivers must ensure that they obey these limits in order to prevent any road related incidents.”
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