MOTORISTS have been warned to travel safely by Hampshire Police amid a two-week speed crackdown.
It has teamed up with the Thames Valley constabulary and their joint roads unit will step up patrols today (Monday) as part of a national campaign.
Road Safety Sgt Scott Kerr said: “We know that everyone has lots of exciting plans over the summer, but we want to make sure you all get to your destinations safely.
“A few miles an hour over the speed limit or travelling at inappropriate speed can have catastrophic upon road users and their families, many of whom also suffer lasting and profound consequences from collisions where a loved one has been killed or seriously injured.”
The aim of the National Police Chiefs’ Council two-week transport safety scheme is to remind people of the dangers of speeding as people take to the roads for the summer holidays.
It stresses how a pedestrian hit at 40mph has only a 10% survival chance – a figure which goes up to 80% if that speed is lowered to 30mph.
Exceeding the speed limit or travelling too fast for the conditions have been shown to be causation factors in 20% of all fatal casualties, 12% of serious casualties and 10% of the total casualties across the Hampshire and Thames Valley region.
“Excessive speed will reduce the time you have to react to a hazard and further the distance it takes for you to stop,” Sgt Kerr added.
“People need to realise it’s a speed limit and not a target so it may be more appropriate to travel at a lower speed depending on the road conditions for their own safety.
“If everyone drives sensibly and pays full attention to the road ahead then hopefully this can be a summer to remember for the right reasons.”