Police crackdown on speeding motorists

Police will be targeting speeding motorists this week
Police will be targeting speeding motorists this week

Police will be out and about tackling speeding motorists across Northamptonshire this week.

Local speed enforcement will take place with the support of Community Speed Watch volunteers, who will be using a hand-held monitor to record speeding vehicles.

The Safer Roads Team will also be out with the portable speed indicator device, which illuminates if a car is travelling above the local speed limit to make the driver aware.

The week is part of a Europe-wide speed enforcement campaign to promote safer driving.

In 2012 the number of drivers who were killed or seriously injured in the county increased from 312 in 2011-12 to 345 in 2012-13, of which those killed increased from 19 to 35.

As speed is a significant contributory factor with regards road collisions, this week’s campaign demonstrates the Force’s resolve in tackling the issue of speeding.

It also highlights to all drivers that the possibility of being prosecuted whilst driving at excessive speed will be greatly increased.

Head of specialist operations, Superintendent Andy Cox said: “Officers will be taking part in operations at different locations across the county, including red routes where a high level of fatal or serious injury road traffic collisions take place.

“Keeping to the speed limit can make the difference between life and death; it’s as simple as that. The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph.”

For more information about joining Community Speed Watch contact your local parish council clerk or call your local Safer Community Team on 101.