Speed a factor in quarter of road deaths, warn Lincolnshire Police as speed enforcement campaign looms
In 2018, 568 people were killed or seriously injured on Lincolnshire’s roads. In 142 of these cases, speed was a factor.
That’s why this month, Lincolnshire Police is focusing on speed and setting out why there are some factors specific to Lincolnshire that road users need to consider when hitting the accelerator.
Superintendent Paul Timmins said: “The unique make-up of our county means we need to adapt our speed according to circumstances.
"We have lots of A and B roads, sharp bends and vehicles of varying speeds sharing the roads. It’s a rural county and agricultural traffic is inevitable and essential. How drivers respond to this is a choice. Choose speed and you endanger yourself, your passengers and other road users. Slow down and enjoy the rural scenery. Be patient, allow extra time for a journey and don’t get frustrated. This is Lincolnshire, our roads are a challenge and our drivers need to raise their game accordingly.”
Speeding is one of the #fatal4 (along with seatbelts, phones and drink/drug driving) and therefore part of the force's year-round focus on road safety.
It launched its Safer Roads Team in 2018 and in just one year, it dealt with 490 speeding offences. It’s by far the most common #fatal4 issue they tackle. The force ise also supported by Community Speed Watch and speed cameras across the county. So if your speeding doesn’t lead to a collision, it may well lead to a fine, or worse.
Supt Timmins continued: “It’s not that we want to catch you speeding. On the contrary, our aim is to have all drivers adhering to the limits and driving to the conditions. We would be delighted to catch no one. That’s why we are launching this ‘warning’ phase of our campaign ahead of next week's ‘enforcement’ phase.
“In a quarter of collisions where people were killed or seriously injured on our roads, speed was a factor. There are people who would be alive today if it weren’t for a speeding motorist. There are people would not have to deal with life changing injuries if it weren’t for a speeding motorist. Don’t let that motorist be you. Speeding is anti-social, dangerous and we won’t accept it in Lincolnshire.”
Whilst this week is about communication and engagement on speed, the following two weeks will be about enforcement. In a united effort against speeding, police staff will be proactively speed checking across the whole of the county and keeping reader posted on the results.
“You’ve been warned,” finished Supt Timmins. “We know that our communities want us to tackle speeding in their communities, and it’s essential that we reduce the number of killed and seriously injured on our roads. Curb your speed, or face a fine, or worse."
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