UK police warn drivers to slow down
Police forces across the UK are warning drivers to slow down and are reminding them of the dangers of speeding.
The forces are taking part in the NPCC speed campaign, which is running until August 25, in an effort to reduce road crashes and encourage compliance with speed limits.
Research shows that controlling vehicle speed can prevent crashes happening and can reduce the impact when they do occur, lessening the severity of injuries sustained by the victims.*
One of the forces involved, Northumbria Police, is taking part in a speed enforcement operation across the region in a bid to proactively target irresponsible and dangerous drivers committing excess speed offences.
The campaign will focus on education, with officers looking to remind drivers of the significant risks to both themselves and other road users associated with speeding.
Inspector Ian Cutty, of Northumbria Police's motor patrols department, said: “We are committed to making our roads safer for all users, and this operation is another opportunity for us to identify and take action against drivers who flout the law and break the speed limit.
“Inappropriate speed accounts for almost a quarter of fatal collisions, approximately 15% of collisions which result in serious injury and about 11% of all injury collisions reported to police.
“Drivers or riders who travel at inappropriate speeds are more likely to crash – and the higher the speed, the greater chance they are to cause serious injury to themselves or other road users.
“The careless and dangerous actions of one motorist can have devastating effects on the lives of others. As a result, we will actively target speeding and dangerous drivers and ensure they are dealt with robustly.
“Speed limits are there to protect and save lives. It must be remembered that the limit is exactly that – a limit – and not a target. Anyone who is convicted of a speeding offence could face disqualification and a fine of up to £1,000.”
* World Health Organisation (WHO) - https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic...