Police officers from Hampshire’s roads policing team will be taking part in a Europe wide crackdown on speeding this week (April 14th to 20th).
Forces across the continent will be participating in the campaign to highlight the devastating effect excessive or inappropriate speed can have on the safety of road users.
Europe wide it is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all fatal crashes. During 2013 in Hampshire 27% of people killed in road crashes, died in accidents where exceeding the speed limit or travelling too fast for the conditions, were recorded as contributory factors. In 2012 the figure was 24%.
Hampshire’s Road Safety Sergeant, Rob Heard said: “Officers will be carrying out speed checks across the county every day during the campaign so it’s a good reminder to people to keep to the limits. Last year alone in Hampshire 84,000 speeding offences were detected.”
“People also need to realise it’s a limit and not a target so it may be more appropriate to travel at a lower speed depending on the road conditions for their own safety.”
“This campaign is all about awareness. We want people not to go above the limits as it will help them stay safe on their journey. Depending on fast they are going, those we do catch breaking the law could face a potentially large fine and a court appearance, along with penalty points. Other may be offered a fixed fine and points or a chance to go on one of our speed awareness courses as an alternative.”
“We will also be handing out stickers aimed at lorry drivers which we hope will remind them of the speed limits they must obey if driving a truck over 7.5 tonnes. We find some HGV drivers don’t realise and if they stick this in their cab it will be a quick and easy reminder so they stay safe and don’t end up getting caught speeding.”