Police across Northamptonshire are launching a countywide crackdown on speeding motorists throughout this week.
To help support Road Safety Week, run by the charity Brake, officers will be working with partner agencies to increase enforcement operations, visit schools to talk about road safety and carrying out parking patrols near schools.
Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, who is also the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead for roads policing, said: “The Brake campaign is a great way for us to work with our partners to highlight the importance of road safety through education and enforcement.
“Northamptonshire has seen an increase in the number of people killed on our roads this year, so it is vitally important that people do all they can to keep safe on our roads.”
Officers from the Operations Tactical Unit will be working alongside colleagues in Safer Community Teams, the Safer Roads Team and the Special Constabulary to tackle speeding motorists throughout Northamptonshire. Members of Community Speedwatch will also be out and about during the campaign monitoring the traffic where they live.
Inspector Nigel Rickaby, from the Operations Tactical Unit, said: “As well as our officers visiting schools and taking part in enforcement activity, representatives from Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will be delivering educational courses to students across the county. They will also be using their own speed indicator devices to assess the speeds motorists are travelling.”
Officers will be visiting speeding ‘hotspots’ across throughout the week to enforce the speed limit.
Inspector Rickaby added: “Our officers tackle motorists breaking the speed limit on a daily basis as part of our Fatal Four campaign. However, we hope this focus of activity throughout the week will help to further bring the seriousness of the issue to the forefront of people’s minds.”
The Fatal Four campaign focuses on the four most common offences that can contribute to a serious injury or death on the roads - speeding, mobile phone usage, not wearing a seatbelt and drink driving.