Extra speed checks on Cambridgeshire’s roads next week

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Extra speed checks will be undertaken next week by road policing officers as part of a national enforcement campaign.

Officers from Cambridgeshire will take part in the second and last TISPOL speed campaign of the year between August 17 and 23.

They will use marked and unmarked cars to catch those breaking the limit.

With support from the majority of countries throughout Europe, the TISPOL speed campaign aims to enforce the speed limit for all vehicles and draw media attention to the importance of the subject.

In April this year, when the first TISPOL speed campaign of 2015 took place, 39,231 vehicles were detected breaking the speed limit in the UK.

Insp Mark Rogers said: “I would urge anyone to drive within the lawful speed limits.

“However, I would like to point out that it is not always appropriate to drive at the speed limit depending on the road conditions.

“The limit is not a target”

Key facts for motorists:

· Speeding is known as one of the ‘fatal four’ main causes of serious injuries and deaths on the roads

· It is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death

· Speeding is the most contributory factor to road deaths and serious injuries (ETSC 2008).

· In 2013, across Europe, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor.

· The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph compared to at 30mph.