900 driving offences in a month

MORE than 900 motoring offences have been committed in the first four weeks of a road safety campaign, figures revealed today.Officers from Suffolk Police have been out on the streets to catch the county's offending motorists as part of an enforcement campaign.

MORE than 900 motoring offences have been committed in the first four weeks of a road safety campaign, figures revealed today.

Officers from Suffolk Police have been out on the streets to catch the county's offending motorists as part of an enforcement campaign.

Figures released today show that 673 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt, 100 drivers were caught using their mobile phones, and 210 motorists were caught speeding between September 1 and September 29. In addition 115 fixed penalty notices have also been issued for other motoring offences, such as vehicle defects.

At the beginning of September, The Evening Star, alongside Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Safecam, the Highways Agency and the East of England Ambulance Service, launched a ten-week Save a Life campaign to reduce the numbers of those getting killed or seriously injured on our county's roads.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the shocking statistics surrounding the amount of accidents on Suffolk's roads, which could be so easily avoided by just thinking before getting behind the wheel.

Among the core areas to be tackled throughout the campaign are speeding, using mobile phones while driving, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts.

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Latest figures show that between January 1 and September 26 this year, there were 275 people killed or seriously injured on Suffolk's roads.

In the same period in 2007, there were 216 people killed or seriously injured. This is an increase of more than 27 per cent.

Deputy Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “Officers countywide are working extremely hard and this is reflected by the high number of people found to be committing offences. However, it is also a disappointing indication of the high number of people who continue to break the law and drive inappropriately. They are putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk.

“Our officers will be continuing this high level of enforcement across Suffolk. I would urge motorists to belt up, switch off the mobile, slow down, and don't drink and drive. If you commit a traffic offence you will be caught.”