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'Slow down to save lives'


Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:50am 17th April 2018. (Updated at 3:43pm 17th April 2018)

Police are out in force across our two counties in support of a European-wide campaign targetting speeding.

Run by TISPOL, the continent's traffic police network, the campaign is highlighting the dangers of driving too fast, for the week up until April 22.

The aims are to target speeding drivers, to inform drivers of the risks involved, and to encourage them to stick to speed limits and drive at safe speeds.

Surrey Police say while speeding has reduced - with fewer crashes - numbers are still too high.


The force will be using fixed and mobile cameras - and as well as speeding, they will be able to capture mobile phone and seatbelt offences too.

Surrey Police will also be conducting a 24 hour “speed marathon”, starting at 6am tomorrow (April 18), until 6am on April 19 when specific speeding hotspots will be targeted.

Sergeant Adam Dedman of Surrey Roads Policing Unit said: “Although figures for speeding have reduced slightly in recent years with a 7.5% decrease in total collisions, there were still around 2867 collisions in 2017 in the Surrey area which means there is still work to be done on educating the public on the dangers of speeding.

"Motorcycle collisions totalled 397 and cyclists 442, both decreasing from the previous year by 4.6% and 8.3% respectively but, again, still too high.

"It is a fact that speeding reduces your chances of surviving any collision you may be in so we would urge all road users to check their speed and encourage others to do the same – you could save lives by doing so.”

Hampshire Police are also taking part - the force says excessive or inappropriate speed is a contributory factor in 20% of road deaths and 12% of all serious casualties across the county.

It warns the higher a driver’s speed, the more likely the injuries to themselves and/or to other road users will be severe or fatal in a collision.

Sergeant Rob Heard, from the Roads Policing Unit in Hampshire and Thames Valley, said: “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.

"Drivers can become complacent about roads they are familiar with, causing them to be less alert to the road, and drive at a faster speed.

“A few miles an hour over the speed limit or travelling at inappropriate speed can have catastrophic consequences 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."

"Excessive speed will reduce the time you have to react to a hazard and further the distance it takes for you to stop.

"The average reaction time from seeing an emergency situation to actually placing your foot on the brake pedal is around 1 to 1.5 seconds in an urban area.

"At 30mph, then minimum total stopping distance would be 26m on a dry average road surface.

"If you travel at 35mph then the total stopping distance increases to 33.5m some 7.5m further.

"If you hit a pedestrian at 40mph then they only have a survival chance of 10%, whereas if you hit a pedestrian at 30mph then they have an 80% chance of survival, so please drive appropriately, it's not worth the risk."

Police are also reminding the drivers of good vehicles that on certain roads they are restricted to lower speeds.





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