Almost 2,000 speeding drivers caught in Hampshire Police crackdown

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NEARLY 2,000 drivers were caught speeding in a police crackdown.

Hampshire Constabulary said it caught 1,983 speeding vehicles, with 403 found by roads policing officers and 1,535 by speed cameras.

Rob Heard, the force’s road safety sergeant, said: ‘Excessive or inappropriate speed has an appalling impact when you’re involved in a collision.

‘The forces experienced by the human body in a collision increase exponentially as the speed increases.

‘If you collide with a pedestrian at 30mph they have a 80 per cent chance of survival, however if you collide at 40mph then the pedestrian only has a 20 per cent chance of survival.’

He added: ‘Just under 90 per cent of people caught speeding were in 30 or 40mph limits.’

The majority of those caught, 74 per cent, were men.

And of both men and women caught, 48 per cent were offered a referral course, four per cent a verbal warning and 47 per cent were given a fixed penalty notice.

Just one per cent were given summons to court.

Car drivers committed 80 per cent of the offences, van drivers 17 per cent and motorcyclists two per cent.

Just one per cent of offences were committed by lorry drivers.