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Speeders Still Out There

Speeders Still Out There

Police issued 6310 speed camera notices and a further 1,058 officer-issued tickets around schools during February following the introduction of their "Speed Kills Kids" road safety campaign.

The highest speed recorded was 98kmh, with the same vehicle recorded twice within a few minutes in a 50km zone.

"We are very disappointed to see just how many people still have not got the message" said Superintendent Dave Cliff, Police National Road Policing Manager.

"We know that speed around schools poses a significant risk to children who are much more vulnerable than adults as pedestrians."

In the last five years over 1200 child pedestrians have been killed or injured during school terms.

The campaign was initiated to reduce the number of child pedestrian and cyclist casualties occurring during the high risk morning and afternoon periods of the school day.

From 7th February Police introduced strict enforcement of a 5 km/hour tolerance only within 250 meters of school boundaries to help raise awareness of the risk that speed poses to children who are usually on foot and much more vulnerable than adults.

A widely circulated advertising/public information campaign was in place before the introduction of the new enforcement programme to ensure that drivers were aware of the new speed restrictions.

Since the campaign was introduced, there have been no child pedestrian deaths although sadly two young cyclists have been killed.

The campaign has coincided with a noticeable overall reduction in the road.

The road toll today of 103 fatalities is 36 less than this time last year.

Provisional numbers for March record 6,537 speed camera notices but the officer issued notices take significantly longer to process and the exact numbers will not be available for several weeks.

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