Kenilworth Watch commends the Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT’s) at both Kenilworth & Warwick who were busy throughout January carrying out the policing priorities set by the local community. In addition both SNT’s also focused some of their attention on the National Police Chief”s Council “Crackdown on Speeding” camp[aign.
Across the month of January the two SNT’s between them checked some 2800 vehicles for speed at 78 separate speed check locations.
- 193 drivers received a roadside warning about their speed
- 39 drivers were reported to the Police Traffic Section for further action
- 1 driver was arrested for providing a positive breath test (Drink/Drugs)
Nationally, in 2017 inappropriate speed contributed to around:
- 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police*,
- 15% of crashes resulting in a serious injury*
- 24% of collisions that result in a death*.
This includes both ‘excessive speed’,when the speed limit is exceeded but also driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time (for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity).
Nationally, in 2015, a total of 217 people were killed in crashes involving someone exceeding the speed limit and a further 132 people died when someone was travelling too fast for the conditions.
Drivers and riders who are travelling at inappropriate speeds are more likely to crash and their higher speed means that the crash will cause more severe injuries, to themselves and/or to other road users.
Inappropriate speed also magnifies other driver errors, such as driving too close or driving when tired or distracted, multiplying the chances of these types of driving causing an accident.
The primary role of the police service is to protect life and property.
* – Source: ROSPA