Figures reveal more than 10 motorists are caught speeding on 60mph A14 Orwell Bridge stretch every day

Drink-driver crashed on Orwell Bridge. Photo: ARCHANT

Drink-driver crashed on Orwell Bridge. Photo: ARCHANT

More than 10 motorists a day were caught speeding on the A14 Orwell Bridge last month - but it seems most drivers are finally getting the message.

In January, the number breaking the speed limit on the 60mph stretch over the bridge had dropped to half that in December 2016, from 629 to 297.

Figures from a Freedom of Information request reveal in February there was an increase of 44 from January, putting the month’s total at 341 - far from the staggering 1,699 drivers caught in July last year.

Of the 341 motorists caught speeding, 16 were given fixed penalty notices and 20 made to take a speed awareness course.

However some drivers are repeat offenders, with 406 vehicles caught on one or more occasions since the limit came in.

One driver has been caught 12 times.

Suffolk police roads policing inspector Tim Lusher said there is no excuse for motorists to flout the speed restriction.

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He said: “ Although there has been an overall reduction of the numbers compared to last year, it is still disappointing that more than 340 people have been caught speeding over the Orwell Bridge during February 2017.

“This still represents about 10 motorists a day who are choosing not to drive within the speed limits.

“The speed limit and warnings advising that average speed cameras are in use are clearly signposted, so there is no excuse for this number of motorists to flout the restriction.

“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ and speed limits are in place for a reason - to improve road safety and reduce the number of collisions and casualties on our highways.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said he was pleased drivers were beginning to take their foot off the accelerator.

He said: “Thankfully, it does look like the penny has finally dropped and most drivers are, at last, taking heed of the speed limit on the bridge.

“Overall the number of speeding drivers has fallen.

“There are still too many drivers breaking the speed limit, but its significantly better than the earlier months.

“I know I sound like a broken record but the limit is there to make the road safer and we have to keep getting that message across.”