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More than 1,100 Suffolk drivers caught speeding in latest police crackdown

PUBLISHED: 14:09 31 August 2018

A week-long campaign carried out by two Suffolk police units has led to over 1,100 drivers being caught speeding on the county’s roads.

A total of 1,168 drivers were caught speeding, 998 of which were caught by fixed or mobile camera sites.

Another 170 were caught by officers on patrol.

This works out to an average of over 150 drives caught driving over the speed limit every day for the week of the campaign.

Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit and vans from the Suffolk Safety Camera Partnership were deployed across the county to carry out checks as part of European-wide campaign, co-ordinated by European Traffic Police Network, between Monday August 6 and Sunday August 12.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “Speeding is recognised as one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which leads to people being killed or serious injured in a collision along with drink driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“We target these and other types of offences all year round but these campaigns allow to raise awareness among drivers and explain the consequences of speeding.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, said: “Excess speed is one of the major causes of death and injury on Suffolk’s roads.

“Drivers who flout the speed limits put themselves and innocent people at considerable risk which is unacceptable.

He added: “Sadly too many motorists are flouting the limits, but I really hope the message will eventually resonate with everyone that they are there for a reason and that is to keep all road users safe and sound.”

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