Posted on 11th January 2019

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is supporting a national crackdown on speeding motorists which Cheshire Constabulary is taking part in.

The three-week long speed enforcement campaign is being co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Held across the UK from Monday January 7 to Sunday January 27, the campaign aims to:

• Reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads
• Tackle irresponsible and dangerous drivers committing speeding offences
• Increase awareness of the dangers – both to offenders and to other road users – of speeding
• Encourage motorists to drive at speeds that are safe for the road environment and to always adhere to speed limits.

Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are both supporting the national campaign.

The constabulary will be undertaking enforcement and educational activities over the course of the three weeks as it continues to tackle a recent spike in road deaths in Cheshire.

Police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane, said: “Road safety is one of my key priorities and I am committed to working with partners to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Cheshire roads and motorways.

“With an increased number of serious incidents and fatalities on our roads in recent times, it’s more important than ever that the police are educating motorists about the dangers their careless actions could have.

“One death is too many and it is pleasing to see the work that Cheshire Constabulary is undertaking to help make the county’s roads safer.

“But it is important that people across Cheshire support this work and campaigns like speed enforcement as all drivers and riders have a part to play in road safety.”

Inspector Steve Griffiths, from Cheshire’s roads policing team, added: “Speeding can have fatal consequences – driving at an inappropriate speed has been shown to be a contributory factor in nearly a quarter of road deaths.

“Inappropriate speed is one of the fatal four offences that Cheshire Constabulary actively tackles all year round, with the others being drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt while driving and using a handheld mobile device.

“We are placing extra emphasis on tackling speeding as part of the NPCC’s speed enforcement campaign with the aim of reducing the number of casualties and fatalities on Cheshire’s roads and motorways.

“More than twice as many people died on the county’s roads and motorways last year than they did in 2017, and this year there has been five fatal collisions in nine days in Cheshire.
“While enquiries into the causes of many of these incidents are ongoing, they act as a reminder of the importance of road safety, a critical issue for all communities.

“Most people have been affected at some point by injury or death caused by a collision and it is essential that we do everything we can to reduce the number of incidents by educating drivers and enforcing speed limits.”