Thousands of drivers caught speeding in Hampshire '“ in just one week

MORE than 2,000 drivers were caught speeding in just one week, following a police operation in Hampshire and Thames Valley.

Hampshire Constabulary has told drivers that they must slow down '“ or face the risk of being involved in a serious collision.

A total of 2,470 drivers were caught speeding '“ 75 per cent of whom were travelling in 30 or 40mph zones.

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Sgt Rob Heard, from the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: '˜Research from across Europe suggests speeding is the most important factor that contributes to road deaths and serious injuries.

'˜The results in the space of just one week show that too many people are putting their lives in danger on our roads.

'˜If you collide with a pedestrian at 30mph they have an 80 per cent chance of survival. However, if you collide at 40mph then the pedestrian only has a 10 per cent chance of survival. 

'˜Nearly half of all those caught will be offered a National Speed Awareness course as an alternative to prosecution. This approach is aimed at improving knowledge and attitudes.

'˜Our message is simple - it's not worth the risk and you massively reduce the chances of you avoiding a collision when an unexpected hazard occurs in front of you.'