Police clamping down on speeding in Northants

Sgt Tony Payne and Sgt Darren Bishop on patrol

Sgt Tony Payne and Sgt Darren Bishop on patrol

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Northants Police have been targeting speeding drivers in the county as part of a Europe-wide operation.

Officers carried out the week-long operation last week and were focusing on the county’s dangerous ‘red routes’, which includes the A6 between Burton Latimer and Finedon.

These are the roads where a high level of fatal or serious injury roads traffic collisions have taken place.

Chief Inspector Dave Lawson said he hopes the proactive approach will help send the message to people that speeding is as unacceptable as drink driving.

He said: “It is not all about catching speeding motorists, but it is about education as well.

“We want people to realise that speeding kills and it is normally one of the major factors in fatal accidents.”

Chief Insp Lawson added that there would be a focus on red routes during the operation.

He said that there has been a significant focus on tackling speeding on the A6 between Finedon and Burton Latimer due to the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads this year.

He said: “The A6 is probably our most significant route at the moment.

“We’re working to reduce the number of accidents on that road.”

Last year’s operation, which was also part of a TISPOL European speed enforcement campaign, caught 1,119 motorists breaking the speed limit.

For the first time this year, police are being joined by community safety volunteers in villages across the county as part of the crackdown.

Despite the number of people killed or seriously injured on the stretch of the A6 between Burton Latimer and Finedon, the number of people killed or seriously injured on Northamptonshire’s roads in the first four months of this year has fallen to the lowest level ever, according to a top officer.

Superintendent Andy Cox, head of force operations, said: “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 four months of the year ever.”

Chief Insp Lawson said the force will continue to combat speeding on the county’s roads and wants the number of accidents to continue falling.

Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said he welcomed any operation that tackles dangerous driving.

He added that it was one of his priority’s to make the county’s roads a safer place for motorists.