Police are to crackdown on speeding drivers across North Yorkshire in a concerted campaign over the next couple of weeks.
Traffic officers will be targeting excess speeds – ie above the posted speed limit; and inappropriate speeds – ie within the speed limit but not appropriate for the conditions.
Inappropriate speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, 15% of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions that result in a death.
Twenty-four-hour enforcement activity will take place across the county, with the aim of catching those who put other road users in danger.
Between 1 January and 31 December 2021, there were 85,610 speed violations captured by the police camera vans and camera bike across the county.
And during the last speed enforcement campaign in January of this year, there were a total of almost 5,200 speeding violations during that month alone.
Traffic Constable Ali Hoyle said: “These figures show just how much of an issue speeding is here for us in North Yorkshire and this is not a huge surprise as we have a vast road network across the county including hundreds of miles of rural roads.
“The reason why we do these types of deployments is because we are trying to prevent serious collisions on our roads and make them as safe as they can possibly be.
“There are so many dangers associated with excessive speeding, not least because it’s a major cause of fatal road traffic collisions. By slowing down and making sure you drive to the conditions of the road, you have more time to react to other drivers and hazards.
“As autumn closes in, sunset will arrive earlier in the day when the roads are perhaps busier with commuters. Dusk can be tricky in terms of visibility, so we urge drivers to take account of this and travel at the appropriate speed.
“It is everybody’s responsibility to use the roads safely play our part in reducing the risk of death and serious injury, and I want to thank those drivers and riders who make this a priority on every journey.”
If you have any concerns around speeding in your community, you can report it to North Yorkshire Police here.
You can also join your local Community Speed Watch. For more information email [email protected].