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Northamptonshire Police support Europe-wide speed enforcement campaign

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Police officers in Northamptonshire will this week be supporting a speed enforcement operation being carried out across Europe.

The European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) launched the campaign today (August 6) to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to remind drivers of the benefits for all road users of driving at speeds that are both legal and appropriate.

Officers across Europe will be using various enforcement methods to catch speeding drivers.

 In Northamptonshire, officers in the Safer Roads Team will be joined by Special Constables in carrying out speed enforcement activities across the county.

Northamptonshire Police Safer Roads Team leader Matt O’Connell said: “Speeding is something we enforce every week of the year, but we are keen to show our support of this campaign because it serves as a useful reminder to drivers about the importance of driving at appropriate speeds.

“People may be tempted to push the speed limit by a few miles per hour but what people do not always realise is this could mean the difference between life and death. The emotional impact of killing someone by speeding is much heavier than anything you would have to deal with in being late for an appointment or leaving a friend waiting for a few minutes. Speeding just isn’t worth it.”

TISPOL President Paolo Cestra: “We urge all drivers to challenge their own attitude to speeding. Anyone who still believes that speeding is a trivial offence needs to think again. Excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.”

“It is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death, and is the most important contributory factor to road deaths and serious injuries (ETSC 2008).

“All across Europe this coming week, police officers will be ensuring that drivers respect the different speed limits. In cases where drivers choose to ignore these limits, officers will take appropriate steps to enforce the law.”

Similar TISPOL operations  in April and August of 2017 saw a total of more than 1,237,445 detections in 28 countries across Europe.

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