Speeding Motorists Targeted In European Awareness Campaign

Speeding motorists on the region’s motorways will be the target of traffic cops this week as part of a pan-European awareness campaign.

The week-long initiative will see officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) specifically looking out for people who are breaking the speed limit across the Staffordshire, West Midlands and West Mercia motorway network.

Dedicated teams will be highlighting the dangers of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement at the roadside.

CMPG will also be tweeting about the operation throughout the week from its Twitter account @CMPG.

Speeding is one of the ‘Fatal Five’ driving offences alongside drink driving, careless driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

Inspector Richard Gathergood said: “Speed restrictions are there for the safety of everyone but sadly there are lots of drivers who don’t stick to them and some who have disregard for them altogether.’’

“Drivers who speed are more likely to be involved in a collision, causing damage and disruption at one end of the scale, to serious injury or death at the other.’’

“We see incidents on the motorway all the time where if people hadn’t have been going so fast the consequences may not have been as severe.’’

“My hope that this week is that people who do break the speed limit sit up and think – and consider more seriously the safety of themselves and others in the future.”

“CMPG’s aim is clear, we want every single person using the midland motorway network to get home safely, every single day.”

For further information visit: http://think.direct.gov.uk/speed.html