Extra speed cameras on the roads in major police crackdown on unsafe driving

A speed camera in St Leonards
A speed camera in St Leonards

Speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and mobile phone use in a car will be targeted in a police crackdown on unsafe driving launching this week.

Drivers should expect extra camera teams taking to the roads to monitor speeds as The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) supports the European-wide speed enforcement week from August 6 to 12.

The new campaign by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership

The new campaign by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership

It has the slogan: “Slow down to save lives – Arrive alive not dead on time.”

Sussex Police says a number of tactics are being put into action during the week, to work alongside the day to day activities that RPU will be carrying out.

The safety camera team will be using their combination of fixed and mobile cameras to enforce the law and provide support to the campaign.

As well as speed, they are able to capture mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

They will be working with colleagues to ensure a robust stance is taken on tackling speeding offences in the county both this and every week.

Sergeant Phil Badman, Partnership Sergeant for SSRP, said: “Speed is a significant contributory factor with regards to road collisions, this campaign demonstrates willingness by police forces across Europe to tackle this issue and highlight the possibility to motorists that being prosecuted whilst driving at excessive speed will be greatly increased.

“Speeding reduces your chances to survive any collision you may be in. You may think you’re in control of your vehicle, but you are not in control of what others are doing on the road. They could be the difference between life and death.”

The aims of the campaign are:

• To target irresponsible and dangerous drivers committing excess speed offences.

• To inform drivers of the risks - both to themselves and to other road users associated with speeding.

• To encourage drivers to obey speed limits and drive at speeds safe for the road environment.

Sussex’s Community Speed watch groups (CSW) will also be providing extra support in local areas with their team of volunteers.

CSW is a national initiative that assists the work of the police, where members of the public use speed detection devices to capture offences, which are then referred back to the police through Operation Crackdown.

Anyone interested in joining can visit its website, www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk.

The week will also include a 24-hour speed marathon, starting at 6am on Wednesday (August 8), and running to 6am on Thursday (August 9).

SSRP will be deploying the Operation Crackdown Strike Team in order to provide a further visible policing presence on the roads.

The Strike Team, made up of special constables, will be targeting collision hot-spots in Sussex and providing advice to road users, in order to instigate behavioural change.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “We ask all road users to obey the speed limits and remember that they are a limit and not a target – slowing down could save a life.”

You can keep up to date with activities by following @SussexSRP, @CommunitySpeedwatch and @SussexRoadsPol. And also follow @sussexsaferroads on Facebook.