Motorists who break speed limits targeted by campaign

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SPEEDING drivers are being targeted by police as part of a week-long Europe-wide campaign.

Motorists in Hampshire are being hunted by officers patrolling roads known to be hotbeds of speed-related crashes.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit is led by Hampshire’s road safety officer, Sergeant Rob Heard.

Sgt Heard: ‘Excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.

‘Speeding is the most prevalent dangerous driving activity and forms as one of the main factors involved in fatal road collisions.

‘People need to realise it’s a speed limit and not a target so it may be more appropriate to travel at a lower speed depending on the road conditions for their own safety.’

Drivers are also being educated about the dangers of taking unnecessary risks on the road.

The campaign started on Monday and is due to end on Sunday.

‘Hampshire Constabulary is committed to increasing road safety and will continue to target those who fail to abide by the speed limits,’ Sgt Heard added.

‘Our aim is simply, to improve the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of any drivers who speed.’

In 2014, 81,000 speeding offences were detected, with 71 per cent of offences happening in 30mph limit zones.