More than 9,000 speeding offences detected in June
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Speeding kills – it’s undeniable. That is the message to all road users after a record number of speeding offences were detected in Northamptonshire in June.
Members of the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance (NSRA) are urging people to slow down and reduce the risk on our roads after 9,787 motorists were caught exceeding the limit on the county’s road network.
Of the 4,579 drivers who were caught exceeding the limit by the Northamptonshire Police mobile enforcement cameras, 63 were deemed so serious that they were referred straight to magistrates’ court.
Most of the offences detected were on the A45 Nene Valley Way in Northampton, after a checkpoint was set up near to the Brackmills Industrial Estate following regular collisions.
One motorist was caught driving at 104mph on the dual carriageway - just one of the 573 drivers caught exceeding the 60mph speed limit on that stretch of road throughout June.
The increase in the detection of offences on the county’s section of the M1 has been partially attributed to more enforcement cameras going live on the motorway, with more than 6,000 drivers caught exceeding the speed limit in June compared to 4,279 in May.
A total of 2,598 drivers exceeded the speed limit between junctions 16 and 19 of the M1, while 3,543 offences were recorded in the average speed zones, protecting those working on the construction of the smart motorway.
The highest speed registered on the motorway was 155mph, which was recorded on the northbound carriageway between junctions 18 and 19, however 153 drivers in total were referred straight to magistrates’ court.
Head of Northamptonshire Police’s Central Operations, Superintendent Jen Helm, who is the new chair of the NSRA, said: “Common sense tells us that the increase in offences can be partially attributed to additional enforcement cameras on the motorway.
“However, the cameras can only detect drivers who are driving at excess speed in the first place, so as the result of the additional cameras, we’re now clearly seeing the risk to our road users, when it was previously hidden.
“As a partnership, our priority is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads and we cannot be any clearer – excess speed is consistently one of the four biggest cause factors in collisions. No matter how good a driver you believe yourself to be, the basic laws of physics remain the same.
“Every person who needlessly dies on our roads is a life stolen, and who leaves behind people who love and grieve for them. Every serious injury is a person who woke up one morning for a normal day and who is now facing coming to terms with a life-changing injury.
“Again, we urge people to think about their actions and drive at a speed suitable to the conditions and within the posted limit. The speed limits are informed by decades of analysis, how fast can we safely go without the inevitability of serious harm in the event of a collision. Speeds in excess of those limits risk extreme consequences, leaving families devastated and offending drivers with a lifetime of guilt and shame.”
Those flouting the law have been reported for the offences and received the most appropriate criminal justice consequences.
NSRA is a countywide partnership between the police, fire & rescue service, the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and Northamptonshire Highways representing the unitary authority, which was set up in November 2018.
Its sole aim is to bring together key partners to work on initiatives which aims to make our roads safer for everyone in Northamptonshire through engagement, education, engineering and enforcement.