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20th Jan, 2020

Drivers in Warwickshire again urged to slow down

Ian Hughes 13th Jan, 2020

DRIVERS in Warwickshire are again being warned to slow down.

Warwickshire Police is urging motorists to obey speed limits in a campaign aimed to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads.

Between January 2017 and December 2019, 91 people were killed and 659 seriously injured in Warwickshire in collisions where speed or loss of control was recorded as a contributory factor.

Insp Kirsty Clough said “Speed limits are there to protect the public. The speed limit is a maximum not a target and driving too fast or at a speed inappropriate for the road environment or conditions means that drivers have less time to identify and react to what is happening around them.

“The driver’s safety margin is removed and near misses can easily turn into collisions because vehicles driven at speed take longer to stop.”

Officers will be tackling irresponsible and dangerous drivers by focussing on high risk routes in Warwickshire to target speeding drivers.

Many speeding offences are dealt with by fixed roadside speed cameras and an independent national review showed they significantly reduced speeding and also cut deaths and serious injuries at camera sites by nearly a half.

In Warwickshire during a two week period last August, 183 speeding offences were recorded by officers, but 3,672 speeding offences were picked-up by roadside speed cameras and speed enforcement camera van.

Speeding drivers who are eligible for and accept a conditional offer of a fixed penalty receive three penalty points and £100 fine.

Excessive high speed offences will not get a conditional offer and will be prosecuted through the courts.

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