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PCC urges drivers to stick to the speed limit

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, is urging the public to follow the speed limit and drive to the road conditions.

Between 1 January 2022 and 22 April 2022, 7602 drivers have been caught speeding by Cumbria Police. In the same time period in 2021, the number of drivers caught speeding was 6028.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “Speeding is one of the Fatal Four on our roads, alongside using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and drink/drug driving.

“We must consciously always monitor our speed, especially in built up areas where there may be many distractions.

“The speed limits should not be seen as a target. They are in place to keep us and other road users safe – many of the roads in Cumbria are narrow, winding roads with blind bends, and speeding on these types of roads is especially dangerous.

“However, driving is not just about following the rules, it is about using common sense and being courteous.

“Drive to the weather conditions, think about how busy the roads are and take your time.

“Getting home safe should be the main focus of every driver and together we can make Cumbria’s roads safe.”

Sergeant Claire Sampson, Cumbria Constabulary Mobile Support Group, said:

“Sadly, we see the consequences of speeding motorists when responding to collisions, some of which lead to the loss of life.

“Throughout the year we work to create a safer road network for all road users, and we target those who drive at excess speed.

“The decision to drive beyond speed limits in place is a decision made by an individual. Such decisions are dangerous, and we would urge people to drive responsibly and in accordance with the law.

“Speeding kills and driving within the speed limits makes our roads safer. Please slow down and save lives.”

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