Police catch 115 speeding drivers and four without seatbelts in one evening in dangerous driving blitz (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Police catch 115 speeding drivers and four without seatbelts in one evening in dangerous driving blitz
DRIVERS are being warned there is ‘no excuse’ for dangerous driving as police crack down on offenders in a road safety offensive.
One person was also reported for driving without due care and attention.
The initiative, which is the 46th this year, involved the Dorset Road Safe Partnership project’s ‘no excuse’ team working alongside colleagues from the Hampshire Safer Road units.
The Daily Echo joined PC Aston Starkie and PC Mark Farrow for an hour during the operation.
The first person to be stopped by officers patrolling in the unmarked BMW was a 47-year-old man from Bear Cross, who was caught travelling at 63mph in a silver Toyota Corolla – 13mph above the speed limit.
He admitted that he had six points on his licence and had been offered a speed awareness course within the last month after speeding on the same road.
Speaking afterwards, the man, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s my fault.
“I can’t argue that I wasn’t speeding.”
He said he drives along the A31 regularly and was on “autopilot”.
The second person to be stopped, Peter Dudgeon, 40, of Romsey, accepted a fixed penalty notice for travelling at 74mph.
He said: “For me personally, I think speeding is not an issue or bad driving.
“I know it’s part of it, but people seem to think speed results in accidents and I don’t. I think it’s bad driving and making mistakes.”
Chief Inspector Tim Lumley, head of Dorset Police Traffic, said: “I believe the majority of drivers do not set out to break the law, however for the minority, it is a wilful disregard for the safety of other road users, pedestrians and indeed themselves.”
It’s too fast
The driver of a black Audi A5 caught speeding blamed his car, saying it was “too fast”.
Officers out during the same evening reported that one lady caught travelling at 75mph explained she was speeding because she was late for church.
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