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15 April 2013, 06:00
Traffic police in both Suffolk and Norfolk are taking part in a week of extra speeding checks on motorists.
The Europe-wide campaign, co-ordinated by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, begins on Monday 15 April 2013 and will run until Sunday 21 April, seeing an increased amount of checks and enforcement across both counties.
Police describe speeding as one of the ‘Fatal Four’ driving offences alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences.
Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign; aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.
Motorists caught speeding will face a £60 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.
Head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Roads Policing Unit, Chief Inspector Chris Spinks said:
“Speed limits are in place for a reason, to reduce casualties and keep our roads safe for everyone. Sadly many drivers see them as simply an inconvenience, but they are there to save lives. Drivers who speed are more likely to be involved in a collision, causing damage and disruption at one end of the scale to serious injury or death at the other.
“We will be stopping and speaking to drivers who exceed the limit, using a mix of education and enforcement to get the message through to slow down, for safety’s sake.”
During the same campaign last year, over 1100 motorists were caught speeding in Suffolk and Norfolk.