Speeding Enforcement throughout August 2014 across Beds, Cambs and Herts

August 14, 2014 12:30 PM
Originally published by East of England Liberal Democrats

Herts ConstabMotorists who risk the lives of other road users by speeding will be targeted throughout August.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces will be increasing the amount of speed checks and enforcement across the three counties in a bid to tackle this continuing problem at speeding and collision hotspots.

Speeding is one of the main factors in fatal road deaths and sits within the "Fatal Four" driving offences of using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and drink driving.

Chief Inspector Richard Hann of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit said: "Speed limits exist to keep our roads safe and are in place to reduce casualties and save lives. Those drivers who choose to speed are not only putting their own lives at considerable risk but also the lives of other road users.

"Drivers must remember that driving even a few miles over the legal speed limit increases your stopping distances and it really does make the difference between life and death. This focus on speeding should remind motorists that they stand a significant chance of being caught if they choose to drive recklessly on the roads across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire."

Drivers caught speeding will be issued with a fixed penalty notice or Traffic Offence Report, resulting in points on their licence, a fine of up to £2,500 or even Court proceedings.

Local authorities across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are working in conjunction with the police forces to promote and highlight the need to reduce speed on the roads.

Drivers are asked by the Police to adhere to the following advice:

  • Consider the consequences if you are involved in a high speed collision and the emotional consequences of causing death through speeding.
  • Concentrate on the road - do not let yourself speed by not paying attention.
  • Speed limits are a limit and not a target. Always drive to the appropriate conditions of the road itself.
  • Don't let an empty or rural road tempt you to speed. Blind bends, animals and other vehicles can always be unexpected hazards.
  • Plan your journey ahead and allow plenty of time for journeys.

This article is reprinted from Hertfordshire Constabulary's recent bulletin (4 August 2014)