A campaign aimed at speeding drivers will take place from Monday 19th August for one week.
The campaign, which is co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), will see officers conducting high profile and static speed checks, which are hoped to improve road safety by reducing the risk of collisions and deterring and detecting motorists who choose to ignore speed limits.
Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road collisions. Each year, around 35,000 people die on the roads of Europe with excessive speed being a major factor in a number of those tragic deaths.
In the Cleveland and Durham force areas, the majority of collisions where exceeding the speed limit has been a factor have occurred on 30mph roads, where going over the limit by only the slightest margin can be the difference between a person losing their life or not.
The campaign coincides with new government legislation which will see an increase in Fixed Penalty Notices for some motoring offences. This means that from today (Friday 16th August) drivers caught speeding may be issued a fixed penalty of £100 and three penalty points as opposed to the previous £60 and three points. Eligible motorists will continue to be offered the opportunity to attend a Speed Awareness Course as an alternative to prosecution.
Fixed penalties relating to other offences excluding parking, waiting and obstruction will also increase as of today.
Assistant Chief Constable Sean White, national lead for roads policing, said: “Speeding is an issue which officers deal with every day, up and down and the country. It is a key factor in collisions and so it is imperative that we ensure that drivers adhere to speed limits in order to save lives and prevent serious collisions wherever we can.
“The national increase in fixed penalty notices will hopefully make people think again about breaking the law. This can only have a positive impact and therefore lives will be saved on the roads across the country.”
Temporary Chief Inspector Ed Turner, of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “As a joint unit we are working in partnership with our colleagues across Europe to educate drivers and carry out enforcement action against those who choose to drive above the speed limit.
“It is generally acknowledged that speeding is one of the main factors in serious or fatal injury collisions, involving motorists and other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
“Whilst we want to educate drivers and work with them to highlight the dangers of speeding, those who choose to ignore the law can expect to be prosecuted for their actions. Drivers have a duty of care towards other road users and it is vital that we keep the roads in Cleveland and Durham as safe as we possibly can in order to save lives and prevent serious road collisions wherever possible.”
Posted on Friday 16th August 2013