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

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.

10 comments

  • I don't disagree with speed limits, I genuinely think they have their place, I do disagree with the entrapment aspect. If these speed cameras were highly visible then nobody would speed through them and the apparent problem would be solved. As they are hidden cameras it can only be financially motivated entrapment.

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    Suffolk Boy

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Funny how I never see the camera van catching the chavs speeding on the estate but always on the A14 in the usual spots and on the A12 usual spots. I suppose there is not enough revenue to be gained when traffic volumes are less than 000s per hour.

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    reg

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • it's annoying that whenever there is a debate about speeding in any form of media, the majority of the contributors suggest that the cameras are purely for money making. I'm sure that when many people see a sign in a shop saying "Shoplifters will be Prosecuted", or a door saying "No Entry", or a sign in a zoo saying "Do not Feed" they are happy to obey it without question and without the need to run to their keyboards - so why are road signs with rules on any different? Sentinel Red suggests that 99.9% arrive safely - OK, but its sad for the families of the 0.01 who don't. Just keep to the limits folks !

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    BuryBloke

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • The majority of drunk drivers, mobile phone users, people without a licence or insurance, drug takers and basic idiots arrive safely at their destination, why not just have a free for all?

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    jane

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • This is all the Suffolk and Norfolk police are good for but with all this money gathering (sorry enforcement) I understand road deaths in Suffolk this year have already exceeded last year's total!

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    G C

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • One assumes that 99.9% of these people arrived safely at their destination with no danger to themselves or others. If driving faster than the sign says you should is so common that so many people are doing so, it must be the signs that are wrong. Its also worth adding that a 30year olds reaction time will be 30+ seconds faster than that of a 70 year old. Speed limits are meaningless and arbitrary when both the vehicle and the person operating it are the most important factor in whether a potential accident becomes that or a simple sharp stop.

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • One assumes that 99.9% of these people arrived safely at their destination with no danger to themselves or others. If driving faster than the sign says you should is so common that so many people are doing so, it must be the signs that are wrong.

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Speeding the last bastion of the elf n safety paternity. I attended the one of their sanctimonious speed awareness courses, if you speed you will die apparently even by 1mph. Aggressive driving causes accidents not a few drivers doing 85 on the A14. But we all know this is about perception you would need to put officers on the road in patrol cars to catch that sort of activity. This is just wanton revenue gathering.

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    reg

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Nothing wrong with enforcing appropriate speed limits properly signed. Suffolk needs to make more effort in being consistent with limits and signage and ensuring damaged signs and those obscured by hedgerows are cleared or replaced and the habit or changing limits over short stretches of road is reviewed. The biggest problem is unintential speeding as the limits are not always clear.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • How many of those speeding drivers crashed or caused an accident ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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