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Over 1,600 drivers caught speeding in one week

Over 1,600 drivers caught speeding in one week

Published by Emma Carton at 8:03am 18th August 2018. (Updated at 8:10am 18th August 2018)

More than 1,600 drivers have been caught speeding in Cornwall and Devon in just one week.

Police launched a crackdown around Boardmasters and as the summer surge continues.

Officers say travelling too fast is one of the biggest causes of death on our roads and there is no excuse.

Between the 6th and 12th August, speed detection officers of the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership took part in a speed enforcement campaign around Devon and Cornwall.

The officers were in mobile speed detection vans and from the 8th to the 12th and focused their attention on routes into and out of Cornwall, with increased traffic due to incoming holiday makers and the Boardmasters festival.

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Police across Devon and Cornwall caught more than 1,600 drivers speeding as part of a week-long summer crackdown

"Our primary aim is to keep everyone who uses the roads within Devon and Cornwall as safe as possible.

"Given the huge numbers of visitors the area attracts each year for events like Boardmasters and in general tourism, there will unfortunately be the small minority that do not place their own or other road users safety as a priority.

"We aim to deter such individuals from driving in a dangerous manner. The number of recorded offences this year has increased, close to two and a half times the number of notices of intended prosecution that we generated during the same period last year. We put this down to improved intelligence and siting of our speed detection officers".

Marcus Laine, Operations Manager for the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership

Officers have issued a warning to drivers after catching more than 1,600 drivers speeding in a week, reminding people that it is one of the biggest causes of death on our roads

In total 1,687 speeding offences were detected and the offenders, depending on the severity of the offence and eligibility, will be offered a speed awareness course, a conditional offer or, if they choose to go to court, face prosecution for the speeding offence.

"However we should put this into the context of a massive influx of visitors to the area, and so we actually found that the vast majority of road users were travelling within the confines of the Highway Code.

"Our thanks goes out to all the careful and considerate drivers who attended Boardmasters this year and who have come here on holiday.

"This is to be encouraged and we hope it continues. Excessive speed or inappropriate speed for the road conditions is of one of the five main causes of death and serious injury on our roads and there is no excuse for it".

Marcus Laine, Operations Manager for the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership

If you are concerned about speeding in your community on residential, minor and B-roads, find out more about the Speed Watch initiative.

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