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City of London Police take action against speeding motorists in national week of action

The City of London Police will be carrying out a special operation targeting speeding motorists in the City in support of this year’s Road Safety Week. 

‘Speed Down Save Lives’

The 'Speed Down Save Lives' campaign, co-ordinated by Brake, runs from 20th – 26th November 2017 and will focus on how excess speed can cause death and serious injury on our roads. Breaking the speed limit, or travelling too fast for conditions, was recorded by police at crash scenes as a contributory factor in one in four (23%) fatal crashes in Great Britain last year.

During the week of national action, the City of London Police Transport and Highways team will be conducting an enforcement operation targeting motorists exceeding the speed limit. Officers will be deployed at locations with high volumes of traffic in the City and will be using hand-held cameras to capture speeding drivers. 

Speeding drivers will be reminded of the risk

Sergeant Guy Eaton from the City of London Police said:

“The City of London is a unique area. The roads are extremely busy with all types of vehicle along with a large number of pedestrians.

“During Road Safety Week we will be taking robust action against speeding drivers by means of prosecution. They will also be reminded of the risks associated with speeding - both to themselves and to other road users.”

Safety for cyclists

City of London police officers will also be assisting their colleagues from the Metropolitan Police with a safety for cyclists event taking place around Old Street and Shoreditch High Street, which has been identified as a high risk area for serious collisions.

During Road Safety Week officers will be educating cyclists on where to position themselves on the road so they can best be seen by drivers of large good vehicles to try and help reduce the number of collisions that take place.

Plain clothes officers will be cycling on the roads in the area and pulling over vehicles who pass too closely to them in an attempt to engage motorists about the dangers of not giving cyclists enough space.

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