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23 August 2011, 05:00
Suffolk and Norfolk police will be targeting drivers who are caught speeding this week, as part of a week-long enforcement campaign.
The campaign, led by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, will run until Sunday 28th August, seeing an increased amount of checks and enforcement.
Police are telling Heart that speeding is one of the 'Fatal Four' driving offences alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences. In 2010, 20 people died on Suffolk's roads and in six of these incidents speeding was identified as being a contributory factor. In 2009 speeding was a contributing factor in half of road deaths in the county. Norfolk Police say that out of the 33 deaths on roads in the county last year, speeding was also a contributary factor in many of those.
Drivers caught speeding will face a £60 fixed penalty notice and three points on their licence. Certain offences could see drivers taken to court where they may face larger fines and disqualification from driving.
Chief Inspector Adrian Dawson, Head of Roads Policing for Suffolk said:
"Driving at excessive speeds is a contributing factor in a large number of road traffic collisions and people who speed need to realise that they are not only putting their lives at risk but also the lives of other road users. You can greatly reduce the chances of doing serious harm if you are travelling at the speed limit designated for the road you’re traveling on.
“Reducing speeding in the county remains a priority throughout the year and through both education and enforcement we will continue to target motorists who feel they are above the law and put others at risk."