Suffolk: More than 1,500 motorists caught speeding in the county in week-long crackdown

SUFFOLK: More than 200 motorists were caught speeding in the county everyday during a week-long European enforcement campaign, police said today.

Officers were deployed between Monday, April 18 and Sunday, April 24 as part of a drive lead by Tispol – the European Traffic Police Network.

A total of 1,554 motorists were caught speeding – 1,303 of whom were caught by police officers and Suffolk Safety Camera Partnership cameras. The remaining 251 were snared by fixed cameras.

The total number was up on the previous year when a similar campaign in August caught 1,453 drivers.

Inspector Bruce Gent, of Suffolk police’s Roads Policing Unit, said he was disappointed motorists were ignoring safety warnings.

He said: “Our officers have been working hard to highlight the issue of speeding through enforcement and education and drivers should know that there is never an excuse for flouting the speed limit.

“Campaigns such as this see a heightened concentration on those speeding in the county, but this remains a priority throughout the year and we will continue to crackdown on those who drive at excessive speed.

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“Twenty people were killed on Suffolk’s roads last year and 42 in the previous year and the role speed plays in both fatal and serious road traffic collisions cannot be underestimated.

“It is a very simple message, but a very important one – speed kills – and by targeting those who are speeding we hope we can save lives.”