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Statement: Chief Constable Anthony Bangham on speed enforcement

Statement released by Chief Constable Anthony Bangham on speed enforcement

West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: "The number of people who are killed and seriously injured on our roads across West Mercia is increasing and the fatal four causes feature highly as reasons behind these.

"The police have a significant role to play in enforcing the law and we are the single agency who have the ability to do so.  Speaking at a national conference yesterday as the national lead for roads policing I and colleagues debated how we could further protect people on our roads.  No decisions were taken but we did consider options for how to reduce speeding.  I am clear that in my force of West Mercia Police I want to do everything possible to make our roads safer.

"We know that enforcement can change people's behaviours and I want to ensure the public, who use the road network in West Mercia, are not surprised to see enforcement activity.  We will always ensure our activity is intelligence led and therefore on our highest harm routes, if we know they are dangerous, then we will consider how we best enforce those speed limits.

"I want West Mercia Police to do everything possible to protect people using our roads and lead the way in ensuring enforcement activity, particularly around the fatal four causes, which are drink and drug driving, speeding, mobile phone use and seatbelts. The speed limits on our roads are set for good reason and I want our local communities to have clarity around their understanding as to what speed limits are and mean."

Issued: 1.37pm, Wednesday 31 January 2018, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications


Published 31/01/18