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West Mercia Police Notice

POLICE URGE MOTORISTS TO 'SLOW DOWN'

With a Europe-wide speed enforcement campaign taking place this week, West Mercia Police are urging all motorists to stay safe and keep speeds down. The campaign is run by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network - established by traffic police forces across Europe to improve road safety and law enforcement.

The campaign is running from 6th-12th August, to encourage motorists to think about their speed and to remind drivers to always travel within the speed limit.

It is estimated that across Europe speeding contributes to as many as one third of all collisions that result in fatality and is the most important contributory factor to road deaths. Speeding, as well as inappropriate speed can have a devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing the risk of a collision and the severity of the consequences.

Over the past 3 years in West Mercia 96 people have been killed and 768 seriously injured in collisions where speeding or inappropriate speed has been recorded as a contributory factor.

Throughout the week long campaign local policing teams, special constables and community speed watch volunteers will be out and about in local communities taking part in a mixture of enforcement and educational initiatives.

Roads Policing Inspector Adrian Davis for West Mercia Police comments: ''Supporting this Europe-wide campaign with local activities is an important way of raising the issue and highlighting the dangers of speeding. There are many local residents across our region whose quality of life is affected by people speeding through their community and families across the County that unfortunately know far too well the devastating consequences that speeding and collisions can lead to.

We'd like to take the opportunity during this campaign week to remind people of the consequences of speeding. Apart from the obvious consequences if you are involved in a collision, if prosecuted for speeding, the minimum penalty is a 100 fine and 3 penalty points. You could be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years.''

Road users across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire can report incidents using footage from dashcams or other devices. As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can submit (via a secure online form

click here) digital footage showing potential traffic offences. This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

Your submission will be sent to West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of our road traffic officers, who will enforce against any offences committed. Any footage submitted through the portal can also be used by us to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.

See the Frequently Asked Questions section
https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/47353/National-Dashcam-Safety-Portal-NDSP-FAQs

For further information regarding the Safer Roads Partnership please visit the West Mercia Police Website, (Crime & Safety Section) Safer Roads Partnership
https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/38869/About-Safer-Roads-Partnership

Date: 08/08/2018

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