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Speeding driver caught every minute in A449 clampdown

By Robert Cox | Stourbridge | Crime | Published:

Police caught more than 120 speeding drivers in less than two hours along one of the region's busiest thoroughfares.

A biker on the A449 during a police crackdown on speeding drivers

On the A449 in Stourton, which has a speed limit of 40mph, Staffordshire Police recorded 124 speeding offences in one hour and 45 minutes, which is more than one a minute.

The highest speed recorded was 70mph, which is 75 per cent over the limit.

Safety camera vans have been out in force last week as part of Road Victims Awareness Month and have caught over 200 offenders in three different locations.

The three locations, all with different speed limits, saw motorists break speed limits by more than 50 per cent in some cases.

Vans were also positioned along Keelings Road in Northwood, Stoke, which has a 30mph limit, and the A500 near Cliffe Vale, near Stoke, which has a limit of 50mph.

Superintendent Jane Hewett, head of justice services at Staffordshire Police, said: “Unfortunately sometimes education is not enough and so we are forced to punish those who flout our speed limits. It is astonishing that in just three hours our camera team identified over 200 drivers breaking the speed limit, but hopefully those who have been caught will now think again in future.

“As it is Road Victims Awareness Month, it is pertinent that we focus on road safety and do all we can to prevent dangerous actions like speeding. Breaking the speed limit increases your chances of being in an accident which could lead to the death or serious injury of you, your passengers and those in nearby vehicles.”

All the drivers identified will be fined or, if it is their first offence, they can choose to attend a Speed Awareness Course at a cost of £100 instead.

Robert Cox

By Robert Cox
Senior Reporter - @rcox_star

Senior Reporter covering news in Wolverhampton.

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