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Speeding Motorway Drivers Told To Slow Down

Drivers speeding on motorways in Coventry and Warwickshire are being targeted in a road safety campaign involving six police forces.

Speed lasers and video-equipped patrol cars will be used in a month-long campaign to stop people going too fast in the region.

The initiative has been launched because many motorway accidents are caused by motorists travelling too fast.

Unexpected situations can develop in a split second, and police are concerned that speeding drivers cannot react quickly enough.

Extra patrols are being run on the M6, M5, M42, M40, M45, M54, M69 and M1.

Police from the Central Motorway patrol group, which covers the West Midlands area, are involved in the initiative, which is being spearheaded by Warwickshire police.

A recent national survey suggested that 54 per cent of drivers exceed the 70 mph limit.

Sgt Richard Toms, of Warwickshire Police traffic department, warned drivers that driving too fast increases the number of accidents.

He said:

“Drivers can be forced to react instantly to an unexpected situation such as stationary traffic, debris or the actions of another motorist.

“If you are travelling too fast you will not have sufficient time to react and slow down safely.

“Officers in both marked and unmarked patrols will be focusing on educating and, if appropriate, prosecuting drivers who put themselves or other motorists at risk by speeding on the motorways.

“Penalties for exceeding the speed limit include a fine of up to £1,000, penalty points, disqualification and compulsory re-testing.”
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CWN / Crimes, Fires & Accidents / Warwickshire Constabulary / 2 May 00

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