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Over 1,600 drivers caught during Norfolk summer speeding operation, police say

More than 1,600 motorists were caught speeding in Norfolk during a two week-long enforcement campaign, police chiefs say.

Figures from the operation in late July and early August revealed that most offenders – nearly 1,000 – were caught breaking 30 mile per hour restrictions.

However, almost 10 per cent, 159 in total, were recorded to be exceeding the 70 mile per hour limit imposed on dual carriageways.

Police chiefs have described the results of their summer speeding campaign as 'disappointing'.
Police chiefs have described the results of their summer speeding campaign as 'disappointing'.

A total of 1,610 motorists were caught speeding during the operation which was co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs Council.

Of those, 1,426 of which were caught by fixed/mobile cameras while the remainder were caught by police officers on patrol.

The vast majority of offending motorists, 1,462, were in cars with 139 vans, seven lorries and five motorbikes also among them.

Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, head of the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “The number of speeding offences detected as part of this year’s campaign is extremely disappointing to see.

“As we continue to reiterate speed is one of the four biggest dangers whilst driving alongside not wearing a seatbelt, drink driving or using a mobile phone.

“Although we know that these offenders are only a minority of the drivers we see on our road every day, it is the sad truth that the difference between a few miles per hour can be the difference between life and death.

“We work throughout the year alongside our partners to target those who choose to drive too fast and are shocked that people still continue to put their lives and the lives of others at risk.

“Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road.

“Drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions.

“The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie, said he supported efforts to reduce the “terrible” toll of casualties on the county’s roads.

He said: “Too many people are being killed or seriously injured on Norfolk’s roads. Speeding is a factor in a very large proportion of those incidents, and in many more near misses.

“Every driver is responsible not just for their own safety but also for the safety of other road users. More people are killed or seriously injured on our roads than as a result of crime.”

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