County’s police force tackle speeding as part of an europe-wide campaign

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Northants Police will be taking part in an euorpe-wide speed enforcement campaign this week, in a bid to deter drivers from speeding on the county’s roads.

County officers will be tackling speeding motorists, with a focus on the county’s ‘red routes.’ These are the roads where a high level of fatal or serious injury roads traffic collisions have taken place.

Officers will also be focusing on areas identified to them by local people as having a high number of speeding motorists.

Superintendent Andy Cox, Head of Force Operations, said: “Reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads is a key priority for us.

“For the first four months of 2013, 75 drivers have been killed or seriously injured in Northamptonshire. This is a decrease of 35 per cent on the same period in 2012 and the lowest for the first 4 months of the year ever.

“However we are not complacent and, along with our partner agencies, we have many new initiatives in place to educate drivers about staying safe whilst driving.

“As speed is so significant a contributory factor with regards road collisions, this campaign highlights to all drivers that the possibility of being prosecuted whilst driving at excessive speed is greatly increased.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said he welcomed any operation that tackles people using our roads dangerously.

He said: “One of my top priorities is to make our roads safer and so I welcome any operation that will support that goal.

“Figures show that speed is one of the main factors in fatal road collisions. The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph.

“I am pleased to see this crackdown on irresponsible drivers who break the law and put lives at risk.”