Two-week crackdown begins on speeding motorists in Hampshire

Two-week crackdown begins on speeding motorists in Hampshire

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 9:16am 13th August 2019.

Everyone has somewhere they want to go to this summer - but make sure you get there safely.

That is the message from roads policing officers across Hampshire and Thames Valley next week.

From Monday August 12th, the Joint Roads Policing unit across the two forces is taking part in a national crackdown on speeding.

The aim of the National Police Chiefs' Council two-week campaign is to remind people of the dangers of speeding and help to ensure everyone has a summer to remember for the right reasons.

FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES:

If you hit a pedestrian at 40mph then they only have a survival chance of 10%, whereas of you hit a pedestrian at 30mph then they have an 80% chance of survival

The force is urging people to drive appropriately, stressing "it's not worth the risk."

Exceeding the speed limit or travelling too fast for the conditions have been shown to be causation factors in:

  • 20% of all fatal casualties,
  • 12% of serious casualties
  • 10% of the total casualties across the region.
Crash Sign - Police Accident
Driving too fast is a factor in 1 in 5 fatal accidents.

PLEA TO DRIVE SAFELY:

Road Safety Sergeant Scott Kerr has this plea: 

"We know that everyone has lots of exciting plans over the summer, but we want to make sure you all get to your destinations safely.

"A few miles an hour over the speed limit or travelling at inappropriate speed can have catastrophic affects upon road users and their families, many of whom also suffer lasting and profound consequences from collisions where a loved one has been killed or seriously injured.

"Excessive speed will reduce the time you have to react to a hazard and further the distance it takes for you to stop.

"People need to realise it's a speed limit and not a target so it may be more appropriate to travel at a lower speed depending on the road conditions for their own safety. 

"If everyone drives sensibly and pays full attention to the road ahead then hopefully this can be a summer to remember for the right reasons."

LAST YEAR'S STATS:

In a shorter campaign in 2018 over a week in August, more than 2,000 motorists in Hampshire were caught breaking the speed limit. 

Most of the drivers who were going over the speed limit were travelling in 30 or 40 mph zones.

You can read more on Spire FM's coverage from the 2018 campaign here.

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