MORE than 5,000 people have been caught for speeding offences in Warwickshire during just two weeks of a month long operation.
The drive is the first phase of the campaign urging speeding motorists to slow down and obey speed limits by providing statistics and information to encourage them to change their behaviour.
It was followed by a two week enforcement period to catch those who continue to speed on Warwickshire’s roads.
From January 20 to February 2, the speed of vehicles was checked by officers, including the Special Constabulary, PCSOs and Warwickshire’s many community speed watch volunteers.
The results were as follows:-
In excess of 2,800 vehicles’ speeds were checked in 78 separate speed checks
193 drivers were warned about their speed at the roadside or by letter following Community Speed Watch deployment.
39 drivers were reported via a Traffic Offence Report for speeding and will receive a letter in the post.
One driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
In Warwickshire mobile and static cameras are also used and the following speeding offences were recorded during the two week enforcement period:-
168 speeding offences were recorded by mobile speed camera vans
1,768 speeding offences were recorded by static spot speed cameras2,270 speeding offences were recorded on Motorway Roadworks Enforcement Average Speed cameras (yellow cameras).
1,023 speeding offences were recorded by overhead gantry Motorway Variable Speed Cameras.
In total 5,229 speeding offences were recorded by cameras in the two week enforcement period.
Inspector Kirsty Clough said: “It is disappointing that more than 5,000 people were caught speeding as they drove through Warwickshire despite the campaign to educate drivers around the dangers of speeding during the preceding seven days.
“Speed is one of the four biggest dangers whilst driving, called ‘the fatal 4’ and the difference of a few miles per hour can be the difference between life and death.
“It is hard to understand why so many people continue to put their own life and the lives of others at risk by speeding.”
In Warwickshire, between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019, a total of 91 people were killed and 659 seriously injured in collisions where speed or loss of control was recorded as a contributory factor.