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Speeding drivers in Norfolk to be targeted by police as part of clamp down

PUBLISHED: 11:35 19 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 20 August 2017

Police are launching a week-long crackdown on speeding drivers. Picture:  Archant.

Police are launching a week-long crackdown on speeding drivers. Picture: Archant.

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Police in Norfolk are to target speeding drivers in the county as part of an enforcement campaign.

Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign; aiming to highlight dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have.

The Europe-wide campaign begins on Monday 21 August and will run until Sunday August 27, will see an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and these campaigns allow us to enforce the law while also raising awareness of the dangers and educating motorists.

“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision - alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“All too often officers have to deal with the results of drivers speeding, which can be devastating, with families and friends being left behind to pick up their lives after the event. One fatality on our roads is one too many, but tragically 20 people have died in collisions in Norfolk so far this year.

“Drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, added: “Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents which is why I have invested in a number of schemes to tackle speeding on our county’s roads.

“I attach great importance as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner to keeping our roads safe by closely working with Norfolk Police and partner agencies and welcome the latest week-long crackdown.

“It is however tragic so many people have been killed on our roads so far this year. Put simply excessive speeding kills and it is just not worth the risk and should not be tolerated by the community.

“Do yourself and everyone else a favour kill your speed rather than yourself or someone else.”

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