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Suffolk/Norfolk: More than 1,500 drivers clocked over the speed limit in only seven days

PUBLISHED: 12:37 02 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:37 02 September 2014

More than 1,500 drivers were clocked over the speed limit in Suffolk and Norfolk

More than 1,500 drivers were clocked over the speed limit in Suffolk and Norfolk

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More than 1,500 drivers across Norfolk and Suffolk were caught speeding during a week-long campaign.

Officers from both counties carried increased patrols targeting speeding drivers as part of a week-long campaign highlighting the dangers of driving above the limit through education and enforcement.

A total of 1,567 drivers were caught speeding in Norfolk and Suffolk – with 318 caught by speed camera activations.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “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.

“That said, it doesn’t mean the speed limit should be a target; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions.

“Speeding is recognised as one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which leads to people being killed or seriously injured on our roads alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

“Drivers should adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road and be aware of hazards. The higher your speed, the less time you have to react. Think…could you stop in time if something unexpected happened in front of you?”

The Europe-wide campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, ran from 18-24 August.

Motorists caught speeding face a £100 fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence, or may have the option to complete a speed awareness course. Under certain circumstances drivers could be taken to court where they may face larger fines and disqualification from driving.

In Suffolk 759 drivers were caught speeding with 128 detected via cameras.

In Norfolk 808 drivers were caught with 190 of them being camera activations.

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