Speeding drivers targeted in Beds, Cambs and Herts police campaign
PUBLISHED: 11:51 07 August 2018
Police across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire launched a week-long campaign yesterday, which targets speeding drivers across the three counties.
The campaign aims to tackle dangerous driving by raising public awareness of the potentially fatal consequences of driving at an inappropriate or illegal speed.
Throughout the planned week of action, officers across the BCH Roads Policing Unit will dedicate all available patrols – which are not responding to emergency calls – to tackling dangerous drivers who choose to ignore the speed limit.
Sgt Ian Manley said: “There is clearly still a lot of work to do to tackle dangerous driving across the county.
“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences that are most likely to cause a collision, therefore we must do all we can to prevent as many avoidable collisions on the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire as possible.”
In 2017 alone, the RPU dealt with more than 51,000 speeding offences across Hertfordshire and more than 70,000 speeding offences in Bedfordshire, with men aged 36 to 45 proving to be the most prolific offenders in both counties.
In the same year, there were 45,000 speeding offences dealt across Cambridgeshire, with men aged 26 to 35 proving to be the most prolific there.
About the rate of offences in the region, Sgt Manley said: “We don’t want the public’s money, we want people to stop driving dangerously and keep safe on the counties roads.
“There have been too many lives lost as a result of speeding and all we ask is that people do their bit by sticking to the limit or driving at speeds that are appropriate for the driving conditions.”
To report an incident of dangerous driving in Herts go to www.herts.police.uk/Report/Report, for a Beds offence go to www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report and for Cambs see www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report.