Drivers urged to wise-up as Kent road safety campaign sees scores of traffic offences reported

Contributed by editor on May 06, 2017 - 04:30 PM


A campaign to wise-up motorists on road safety and enforce the laws of the road has resulted in scores of drivers stopped by police in the Kent.



Kent Police worked with partner agencies including the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership and Kent County Council to target speeding drivers as part of a road safety operation between 17 and 23 April 2017.

During the week of action, 81 traffic offence reports were generated - 77 for excess speed, two for no seatbelt and two for no insurance. A further eight speeding drivers were reported for summons and four received graduated fixed penalty notices.

In addition, 169 verbal warnings were given by police officers to motorists due to their speed and two vehicles were seized for having no insurance.

The Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership detected 955 speed offences

Research shows that 95 per cent of all collisions on Kent’s roads are due to driver error, and speeding increases the chance of death or serious injury significantly.

In the UK from October 2015 to September 2016, 1810 people were killed and 25,160 people were seriously injured in crashes.

In 2016 there were 49 fatalities on Kent roads compared to 57 in 2015.

Chief Inspector Tony Dyer of Kent’s Roads Policing Unit said: `I am hoping this campaign drives the message home and those that fail to learn the lessons will be penalised.

`Communities list speeding as being one of the most important issues for police to tackle and we have listened and are doing something about their concerns.

`Motorists should drive to the conditions of the road. A speed limit is exactly that, not a target.

‘Slowing down could save a life but if drivers choose to speed, we will catch them.

'Take responsibility.

Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership Project Manager, Tara O’Shea, said: ‘Road users must take responsibility for their own actions, and realise that their choice to speed can have catastrophic consequences for themselves and others.

‘The Safety Camera Partnership works with partners to carry out speed enforcement at locations where people have been killed or seriously injured in an effort to prevent further needless loss of life and injury.

‘We are joining our partners to ask motorists to think about their behaviour, slow down, and leave room between them and the vehicle in front.’
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