SPEEDING is a major cause of fatal and serious injury collisions – this is the message being emphasised to motorists by police in a three-week crackdown.
All forces across the country are supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Slow Down, Save Lives campaign that launched on Monday and runs until 7th June.
Its aim is to remind motorists of the importance of keeping to speed limits, while promoting greater awareness of the dangers of speeding – identified as one of the “fatal four” factors resulting in serious collisions.
In Hampshire, officers will be carrying out extra patrols. PC Liz Johnson, of the Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary joint operations roads policing unit, said:
“Excessive or inappropriate speed has an appalling impact when you’re involved in a collision.
“The forces experienced by the human body in a collision increase dramatically as the speed increases. If you collide with a pedestrian at 30mph they have an 80% chance of survival, however, if you collide at 40mph then the pedestrian only has a 10% chance of survival.”
Figures have shown that on average 17 people are killed and 126 seriously injured every month on the UK’s roads, where speeding is believed to have been a significant factor.
Both enforcement and education have played a role in dealing with those endangering lives on the roads, PC Johnson explained, stressing speed limits are limits and not targets for drivers to reach.
This educational approach includes a national speed awareness course, offered as an alternative to prosecution, which aims to promote better behaviour on the roads.
PC Johnson added: “Please do not speed. It’s not worth the risk, and you will massively reduce the chances of being involved in a collision when an unexpected incident happens.”
Taking advantage of lockdown
POLICE have been alerted following complaints of motorists taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis by speeding on quieter roads in and around New Milton.
Speaking at a full town council meeting, local county councillor Fran Carpenter said several residents had cited the A337 as a hotspot.
Cllr Carpenter mentioned similar problems being experienced in Milford, on Cliff Road, and said: “The police are trying to put a stop to it as much as they can.”
Bashley Cllr Neil Tungate said he had received increasing reports of dangerous driving there too.