to launch speed crackdown on the M5 over the coming week
have been warned that there will be an increased police presence
on the M5 motorway during the next week as officers launch a crackdown
on speeding drivers.
and Community Speed Watch volunteers in Somerset are taking part
in a Europe-wide week-long campaign, starting on Monday.
and Somerset Police say there will be high-visibility mobile patrols
on major roads in the region, including the M5 in the Burnham-On-Sea
vehicles will be stationed for maximum exposure on motorway bridges
and police patrol vehicle bays, while highway matrix signs will
display speed enforcement and speed reduction messages.
say they will be using all the speed detection technology at
their disposal, including mobile speed cameras and ANPR, the automatic
number plate recognition system.
towns and villagers across Somerset, officers will also support
teams of Community Speed Watch volunteers who have been mobilised
to monitor traffic throughout the week.
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."
faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if
something unexpected happens. During this week, and every day
of the year, we will detect and stop speeding drivers."
are determined that a robust enforcement approach and an effective
driver education programme will make our roads safer for all."
2011, 51 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where
speed was a factor. The risk of death is approximately four times
higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph.