Police issue 3,000 speeding tickets in two weeks as more people return to the roads - The Leamington Observer

Police issue 3,000 speeding tickets in two weeks as more people return to the roads

Laura Kearns 13th Jun, 2020   0

NEARLY 3,000 tickets have been issued in two weeks to speeding drivers as more people return to the roads.

Between May 25 and June 7 officers conducted speed checks around Warwickshire’s towns and villages, collision hotspots, high speed routes and motorways.

In the same two weeks static speed cameras recorded more than 2,500 speeding offences on Warwickshire’s roads.

Officers caught one driver travelling at 109mph on the M40 with no insurance. His vehicle was seized and he will appear in front of magistrates where he could face a driving ban.

Another driver had his vehicle seized for no insurance and was reported to court after he was caught driving 110mph on the M6.

Other drivers were reported to court for driving offences of 104mph on the M40 while undertaking, 106mph on the A46 and 126mph on the A46.

Officers caught a repeat offender travelling at 41mph in a 30 zone on one day, who they then caught again travelling at 95mph on the A45.

Insp Kirsty Clough said “Throughout the lockdown period police officers have been out conducting speed checks and stopping speeding vehicles across the county to tackle irresponsible and dangerous driving habits.

“In Warwickshire, between January 2017 and December 2019, 92 people were killed and 669 seriously injured in collisions where speed or loss of control was recorded as a contributory factor. Warwickshire Police is committed to reducing this number.

“Driving safely within speed limits helps to keep road users safe and to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. With some children having returned to school and more cyclists, walkers and pedestrians on our roads, this is even more important now.

“Speeding is a choice drivers make and we will continue to target irresponsible drivers who drive above the speed limit.”

The operation also saw police arrest a 22-year-old man from Oldbury near the Stonebridge Island after a speeding vehicle failed to stop for police. Officers seized a large quantity of cash and mobile phones and the driver failed a drug test. He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs, failing to stop, money laundering, and drug driving. He was later released under investigation while enquiries continue.

A 23-year-old man from Coventry was also arrested after it is alleged a speeding car failed to stop for police in a 30mph zone, and collided with a hedge in Back Lane, Rugby. The man was later charged with drink driving, driving without insurance and speeding. His vehicle was also seized. He will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court on July 10.


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