Lincolnshire Police on the lookout for speeding drivers in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings
Lincolnshire Police has launched a fresh crackdown on speeding drivers.
The three-week long campaign, beginning today (January 13) will see an increase in speed checks and educational activities.
Inspector Marc Gee from Lincolnshire Police said: “We will play a part in making our roads safer, along with Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.
“Speeding is one of the 'fatal4', along with seatbelts, phones and drink or drug driving, and therefore part of our year-round focus on road safety.
“Throughout this campaign, officers will use their discretion to offer advice, issue fixed penalty notices, educate through a speed-awareness course if appropriate and, where necessary, place a driver before the court.
“We can all play a part in making our roads safer by respecting the speed limits.”
National statistics show inappropriate speed contributes to about 11 per cent of all injury crashes reported to the police, 15 per cent of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 24 per cent of those that result in a death.
Drivers and riders who are travelling at inappropriate speeds are more likely to crash and their higher speed means that the impact is likely to cause more severe injuries, to themselves and possibly other road users.
As well as educating road users, community speed watch teams will be out on the roadsides, along with traffic officers. Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership will also deploy mobile cameras.
John Siddle, from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: "We are currently seeing more drivers disregarding speed limits across the county.
"One of our concerns is drivers speeding through road works on the A1.
"The lowering of the speed limit through the road works is to protect the workforce; they have right to be safe in their workplace, but drivers are putting them at risk.
"This campaign is to highlight the dangers of excess speed not only to people working on the roads but to drivers themselves and other road users.
"Last year saw more than 50 people killed on Lincolnshire's roads. Every one of those is a tragedy for families, friends and colleagues of those lost.
"Exceeding the speed for most is risking a fine and points on your licence. However, it can be so much more."
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