NEARLY 4,000 drivers were stopped in Warwickshire during a crackdown on speeding.
Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership has revealed, in a two week period some 160 drivers were stopped for speeding in 147 cars, 11 vans and three motorcycles.
Static and mobile speed cameras in the region also clocked nearly 3,750 driver speeding offences on Warwickshire’s roads, including motorway speed detections.
During the campaign one man was stopped for doing 96mph and a woman for going 105mph on the motorway. These excessive high speed offences will be prosecuted through the courts. In total, 24 drivers are being prosecuted at court due to driving at excessive speed.
Over 50 drivers were stopped for speeding offences in 30 mph residential zones where there are more pedestrians, including children.
Nearly 80 per cent of offenders were male and over 25 years old.
The county’s Community Speed Watch volunteers were also out in force during the campaign and detected some 90 drivers who were speeding in a 30mph zone – the highest speed being 48mph in Wolvey.
Chief Inspector Faz Chishty said: “Driving safely within speed limits helps to keep all road users safe and to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. During the summer holidays there are more children, cyclists, walkers and pedestrians on our roads, making it even more important for drivers to think of others and drive at an appropriate speed according to the conditions, within the maximum speed limit.”
“Speeding is a choice drivers make and we will continue to target those irresponsible and dangerous drivers who choose to drive above the speed limit.”
The partnership is setting out a new strategy which aims to halve road deaths and injuries.
In Warwickshire, between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2020, 40 people were killed and over 300 seriously injured in collisions where speed and loss of control was a contributory factor.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire Philip Seccombe added: “The new Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership is proposing an ambitious target of a 50% reduction in road deaths and serious injuries in Warwickshire by 2030 and reducing speeding is a key to this. The number of road fatalities and severe injuries has plateaued in recent years and that is why, as a partnership we are urging drivers to play their part too by driving safely and legally to help make Warwickshire’s road safer for everyone.”