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475 people caught speeding on Surrey's roads during two week police campaign

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475 people caught speeding on Surrey's roads during two week police campaign

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:49pm 15th June 2020.

475 people were caught driving too fast on Surrey's roads by police during a two-week speed awareness campaign. 

Surrey’s roads policing officers took part in the National Police Chiefs’ Council Fatal Four National Speed Campaign.

Between25 May and  6 June dedicated patrols were sent out on Surrey's roads. 

Over the 13 day campaign: 

  • Officers spoke to 496 drivers (377 were men and 369 were over 25 years old)
  • 518 road offences were identified with some drivers committing multiple offences
  • 449 involved cars, 21 involved motorcycles, 27 involved vans, and 21 involved lorries
  • There were 475 speeding offences- (344 happened in 30mph zones and 83 in 70mph zones)
  • Officers issued 208 traffic offence reports
  • 22 people were reported for summons
  • 248 people were given a verbal warning

Drive SMART – the Surrey Safer Roads Partnership, supported the campaign.

Matt Furniss, Chairman of the Drive SMART partnership board and Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said because of lockdown they have seen more people walking and cycling:

“Roads aren’t just for drivers, so it’s vital that we keep them safe for everyone who uses them.

"At the county council we’re pleased to be working with the police and other Drive SMART partners to bring speeds down on our roads and make them safer for all.”

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder who is in charge of roads policing in Surrey and Sussex said the campaign is about improving road safety for everyone: 

“The NPCC campaign focused specifically on vehicles travelling at excessive speed, not just on motorways and A roads, but also quieter more rural roads.

"The results of the campaign show that the vast majority of speeding offences we observed on Surrey’s roads were in 30mph zones.

“This re-enforces the view that emptier roads have led to temptation for irresponsible drivers who do not foresee the consequences of their actions.

"It only takes a split second for something catastrophic to happen.

"We must share the roads responsibly, it is imperative we continue to work together to reduce the pressure on the NHS and emergency services, so they can focus their efforts on saving lives and caring for our communities”.