More than 1,600 motorists were caught speeding in Norfolk during a two week-long enforcement campaign.
The campaign, which was co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, saw an increased amount of speed related checks and enforcement across both counties.

Officers spent the duration of the campaign highlighting and informing drivers of the risks of speeding and the consequences that driving above the limit can have through education and enforcement.

During this year’s campaign, held between Monday 26 July and Sunday 8 August, a total of 1,610 motorists were caught speeding, 1,426 of which were caught by fixed/mobile cameras while the remainder were caught by police officers on patrol.

Of those caught speeding, 1,462 were cars, 5 were motorcycles, 7 were lorries and 136 were vans.

See below for a further breakdown of the number of offences and the speed limits that were exceeded:

30MPH 996
40MPH 129
50MPH 144
60MPH 182
70MPH 159

Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, head of the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “The number of speeding offences detected as part of this year’s campaign is extremely disappointing to see.”

As we continue to reiterate speed is one of the four biggest dangers whilst driving alongside not wearing a seatbelt, drink driving or using a mobile phone. Although we know that these offenders are only a minority of the drivers, we see on our road every day, it is the sad truth that the difference between a few miles per hour can be the difference between life and death.

“We work throughout the year alongside our partners to target those that chose to drive too fast and are shocked that people still continue to put their lives and the lives of others at risk.

“Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road. Drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie, said: “Too many people are being killed or seriously injured on Norfolk’s roads. Speeding is a factor in a very large proportion of those incidents, and also in many more near misses.

“Every driver is responsible not just for their own safety but also for the safety of other road users. More people are killed or seriously injured on our roads than as a result of crime.

“I support Norfolk Constabulary wholeheartedly in the work they are doing to enforce speed limits, so improving the safety of our roads, and reducing the terrible toll of road casualties.”