“Slow down to save lives” – it’s international Speed Week
Surrey Police is supporting the European-wide enforcement week, run by TISPOL, the continent’s traffic police network, from 16th - 22nd April.
Working with Sussex Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU), the aims of the campaign are:
● To target irresponsible and dangerous drivers committing excess speed offences.
● To inform drivers of the risks - both to themselves and to other road users associated with speeding.
● To encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and drive at speeds safe for the road environment.
A number of tactics are being put into action during the week, to work alongside the day to day activities that our roads policing unit (RPU) will be carrying out.
The safety camera team will be using their combination of fixed and mobile cameras to enforce the law and provide support to the campaign. As well as speed, they are able to capture mobile phone and seatbelt offences, both of which they are very successful in. They will be working with colleagues to ensure a robust stance is taken on tackling speeding offences in the county both this week, and subsequent weeks.
The week will also include a 24 hour “speed marathon”, starting at 6am on the 18th, running to 6am on the 19th, when specific speeding hot-spots in the county will be targeted.
Sergeant Adam Dedman of Surrey Roads Policing Unit comments:
“Although figures for speeding have reduced slightly in recent years with a 7.5% decrease in total collisions, there were still around 2867 collisions in 2017 in the Surrey area which means there is still work to be done on educating the public on the dangers of speeding. Motorcycle collisions totalled 397 and cyclists 442, both decreasing from the previous year by 4.6% and 8.3% respectively but, again, still too high. It is a fact that speeding reduces your chances of surviving any collision you may be in so we would urge all road users to check their speed and encourage others to do the same – you could save lives by doing so.”
Members of the public can keep up to date with activities by following @SurreyRoadCops