Over 2,000 drivers caught speeding in Hampshire in just a week

Over 2,000 drivers caught speeding in Hampshire in just a week

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:41pm 17th August 2018.

The county's police officers have been cracking down on people breaking the speed limit for a special campaign.

Hampshire Police's enforcement operation lasted from Monday August 6th to Sunday August 12th, targeting particular areas where officers know there are often different motorists all the time.

They've found that most of the drivers who were going over the speed limit were travelling in 30 or 40 mph zones.

THE RESULTS:

Across the week, a total of 2,007 people were caught speeding.

Most of those issued with tickets (1,845 of them) came from roadside safety cameras, while the rest (162) were stopped by patrolling roads policing officers.

92% of speeders were in cars and 70% were male.

It also appears to be more prevalent in older drivers, with 71% of those caught aged over 25.

A303 Heading West 4 - Speed Camera (Mike Draper)
Speed cameras caught the majority of drivers throughout the week long campaign

THE DANGERS:

Speeding is one of the so-called 'fatal four' factors that are said to be the most common in serious crashes.

The others are not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

A pedestrian struck by a car travelling at 30 mph has an 80% chance of surviving, but that probably drops to just 10% if a pedestrian is hit at 40 mph.

Hampshire Police Fatal Four Poster April 2018

THE REACTION:

Sergeant Rob Heard, from the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said:

"Research from across Europe suggests speeding is the most important factor that contributes to road deaths and serious injuries. The results in the space of just one week show that too many people are putting their lives in danger on our roads.

"Excessive or inappropriate speed has an appalling impact when you're involved in a collision. The forces experiences by the human body in a collision increase exponentially as the speed increases.

"Nearly half of all those caught have will be offered a National Speed Awareness course as an alternative to prosecution. This approach is aimed at improving knowledge and attitudes to influence better behaviour on the roads.

"Our message is simple, It's not worth the risk and you massively reduce the chances of you avoiding a collision when an unexpected hazard occurs in front of you."

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