Almost 1,200 motorists were caught speeding in Staffordshire over the course of a two week police operation.
Staffordshire Police spotted 1,192 drivers travelling over the speed limit on roads in the county between Monday May 25 and Sunday June 7 in a bid to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the county’s roads.
Police used used fixed and mobile cameras to carry out the checks – which targeted stretches of road where speeding is an issue or there have been serious collisions.
The mobile cameras can also pick up when a driver is not wearing a seat belt or when they are using a mobile phone.
A number of drivers were stopped for driving excessive speeds, including:
- One driver caught on the A50 near Uttoxeter (a 70mph road) travelling at 146mph, while another was seen travelling at 133mph.
- A driver in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, was driving at 56mph in a 30mph zone
- A motorist in Stourton, in the south of the county, who was travelling at 71mph on the A449, a 40mph road.
One motorist also was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after being caught driving at 103mph on the A50 near Uttoxeter. Police said he has been released under investigation.
Staffordshire Police said a ‘vast majority’ of people were driving within the speed limits.
Chief Inspector Mat Derrick, from the force’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “We’re very thankful to all those who travel within the speed limits and our officers gave a thumbs up to many motorists during the operation.
“However, at a time when many people are returning to our roads as lockdown eases, unfortunately there were a minority caught exceeding the limits with shocking disregard for other road users’ safety.
“Even a few extra miles per hour can make all the difference to injuries resulting from a collision so to find people exceeding the limit by 20, 30 and even 70mph is extremely worrying.
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“Leisure opportunities are very limited at the moment and we’re seeing many extra people are out walking or cycling on our roads, so we really need people to be speed aware to protect themselves and these other vulnerable road users.”
The targeted activity was part of a national approach, co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).