Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Sunday, August 19, 2012
HIGH visibility police patrols will be deployed across the region to help reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads.
As part of a Europe-wide speed enforcement operation, Avon and Somerset Constabulary is looking to crack down on speeding motorists while at the same time improving road safety levels in the South West.
With 51 people killed or seriously injured in the force area in crashes where speed was a major factor last year, the constabulary is looking to educate people about the dangers of speeding.
High-visibility mobile patrols will work on the M5 and other major roads, while highway matrix signs will display speed enforcement and reduction messages.
The campaign will last from Monday until Bank Holiday Sunday.
The police will also support community speedwatch teams across the region.
Avon and Somerset’s operations and traffic Chief Inspector, John Holt, said: “Speed limits are there for a reason. Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road collisions and slowing down just a few miles an hour can mean the difference between life and death.
“During this week, and every day of the year, we will detect and stop speeding drivers. We are determined that a robust enforcement approach and an effective driver education programme will make our roads safer for all.”