Road cops vow to target dodgy drivers

POLICE today warned drivers who flout the law that they can be caught anywhere after one motorist was stopped twice for different offences in seven minutes.

POLICE today warned drivers who flout the law that they can be caught anywhere after one motorist was stopped twice for different offences in seven minutes.

Officers, carrying out their enforcement campaign, spotted the foolish driver speeding along Bucklesham Road in Ipswich and punished him with a fixed penalty notice of £60 along with three points on his licence.

Then just a mile further down the road, another officer stopped him for using his mobile phone while driving.

It emerged that he was actually phoning his boss to tell him about the previous offence.

Inspector Alex Morrison, of Suffolk police's Roads Policing Unit, said: “This case shows that we are not just in one location.

“If you are driving a vehicle, you have got to concentrate on what you are doing.”

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This case comes as the government announced proposals for stricter punishments for offences, such as drink and drug driving and speeding.

Among the proposals revealed by Jim Fitzpatrick, road safety minister, was introducing a higher tariff of six penalty points for drivers who exceed the speed limit by a dangerous and very large margin, reducing the legal limit of alcohol for driving, and making careless driving a fixed penalty offence.

Mr Fitzpatrick said: “Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world and the number of people killed or hurt has fallen dramatically in the last decade.

“But too many people are still dying on our roads.”

Provisional government figures have showed the number of people killed on the roads in Spring this year fell by 20 per cent compared with the same period in 2007.

The proposals will be the subject of a three-month consultation.

Have you been caught for driving offences since the Save A Life campaign was launched and have a view on this? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

The Evening Star, alongside Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Safecam, the Highways Agency and the East of England Ambulance Service, has 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 so easily be 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.