Lincolnshire named the speeding capital of the UK
Lincolnshire has been named the worst area for speeding in the UK, with 123,533 speeding fines issued to motorists within the last year.
The region has a population of around 750,000 meaning per 100,000 people an average of sixteen committed a speeding offence in twelve months.
The figure is almost twelve times more than the national average.
If you are caught speeding in the UK the offence can cost a minimum of £100, but the figure can rise to £1,000 if the case is taken to court.
As well as this, three penalty points are placed on the offender’s licence for a minimum of four years, which can have a financial impact too as it is likely to increase insurance premiums.
Receiving 12 or more points within three years may even see you disqualified from driving.
A statement issued by Lincolnshire Police said: “Every road user shares the responsibility of improving safety in Lincolnshire and we are committed to using education, engineering and enforcement tools to work with them to continually lower the number of road collisions that result in death and injury.”
Chief Inspector Steve Williamson, Specialist Operations, Lincolnshire Police, said: “Speeding is one of the main contributory factors in collisions where people die or are seriously injured on our roads. We make no apology for enforcing the speed limit on our roads; it is one of the things our communities ask us to focus on.”
Lincolnshire PCC Marc Jones added: “The fact that Lincolnshire Police is apprehending and prosecuting more people breaking the law on our roads shows the value of investing in the roads policing unit in keeping us all safe.
“The number of people killed in road incidents across the UK is six times higher than the number of people killed with knives – and there are countless other thousands whose lives are ruined by collisions.
“Frankly, vehicles can be a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands and it is absolutely right that our police focus attention on ensuring that we are all safe from those inconsiderate and dangerous drivers who put all of our loved ones at risk. Over and over again the people of Lincolnshire tell me that speeding cars, drunk, drugged and dangerous drivers are one of their top priorities for police attention and I welcome the fact that our county is one in which people breaking the laws on our roads are likely to get caught and prosecuted.
“It is also important to note that Lincolnshire has a huge number of people visiting the county, especially during the summer months and that inevitably swells the number of motorists on our roads – many of them unfamiliar and unused to driving on our rural routes that make up the vast majority of our road network.
“Sadly they add to the tragedy that sits behind our statistics.”
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