Drivers facing speeding crackdown

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DRIVERS are facing a crackdown after more than 80,000 broke the speed limit.

Hampshire Constabulary is joining an international scheme to tackle the problem.

The force revealed that in 2014 there were 81,000 speeding offences detected, a slight decrease from 84,000 in 2013.

Most drivers, 71 per cent of the 81,000, were caught speeding in 30mph zones.

The second highest, with 14 per cent of the total, were caught driving in 70mph areas.

The European Traffic Police Network scheme started on Monday and lasts until Sunday.

Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in 2014, 12 out of 43 fatal casualties and 124 of 1,065 killed or seriously injured casualties were injured in collisions where ‘exceeding the speed limit’ or ‘travelling too fast for conditions’ were recorded as contributory factors.

Sgt Rob Heard, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘None of us should ever underestimate the catastrophic effects of excessive or inappropriate speed upon road users and their families, many of whom also suffer lasting and profound consequences from collisions where a loved one has been killed or seriously injured.’