Speeding crackdown with £100 minimum fines planned for Sheffield's roads
A police crackdown on speeding – which will see drivers face a minimum fine of £100 – will be held on Sheffield’s roads over the next few weeks.
South Yorkshire Police has announced that, as part of the National Police Chief Council’s #standingupforslowingdown campaign, the spotlight will be on dangerous and inappropriate speeds across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Joanne Wehrle, manager for South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “Speed does kill. It sounds shocking but it is true, and this campaign is all about reminding people that if you do the right thing – you will save lives.
“Ultimately, drivers and riders who are travelling at inappropriate speeds are more likely to crash and their higher speed means the crash will cause more severe injuries, to themselves and/or to other road users.
“With most restrictions lifted, we want people to be able to enjoy their new-found freedom and make the last year count, don’t let speeding cost you your licence, your job or even worse.”
Latest figures show that 2,644 people were injured in a road traffic collision in South Yorkshire in 2020.Thirty people lost their lives and more than 500 people were seriously injured.
Roads Policing Group Inspector Jason Booth said: “We are all taught about the dangers of speeding, yet so many people choose to put themselves and others at risk behind the wheel.
“As part of Op Illuminate, officers regularly enforce the ‘Fatal Four’ causes of road collisions, which are speeding, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, drink/ drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
“Throughout the campaign our officers will be conducting additional speed checks across the county, targeting locations causing community concern and roads with a higher incidence of reported collisions.
“I would urge all drivers to think twice before driving at excessive speeds, drive to both the speed limit and road conditions at that time. If you don’t, the consequences can be devastating for you and other road users.”
During the previous speed campaign in May 2020, 298 motorists were stopped by South Yorkshire Police officers, 126 verbal warnings were given, 145 fixed penalty notices were issued and eight people were reported on summons.
The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and 3 penalty points.