Speed the focus of week-long European campaign
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Police officers across the UK participated in a week-long speed enforcement operation which got underway on 21 August.
The purpose of the operation, coordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), was to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and remind drivers of the benefits for all road users of driving at speeds that are both legal and appropriate.
Among the police forces taking part in the UK is Suffolk Police, whose officers - alongside colleagues in Norfolk - used a combination of education and enforcement to highlight the potential consequences of driving above the speed limit.
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.”
Paulo Cestra, TISPOL president, said: “We urge all drivers to challenge their own attitude to speeding.
“Anyone who still believes that speeding is a trivial offence needs to think again. Excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.
“It is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death, and is the most important contributory factor to road deaths and serious injuries.
“All across Europe this week, police officers will be ensuring that drivers respect the different speed limits. In cases where drivers choose to ignore these limits, officers will take appropriate steps to enforce the law.”
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