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Tackling speeding across London

News   •   Jan 15, 2019 15:15 GMT

The Met continues to tackle motorists who drive too fast – one of the biggest causes of road traffic collisions in the capital.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) are running a countrywide speed enforcement campaign until Sunday, 27 January. The Met, in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), and as part of the Mayor’s ‘Vision Zero’ ambition, will be supporting the campaign.

Drivers and riders who are travelling at excess speeds are more likely to have a collision, with inappropriate speed being a factor in up to 37 per cent of collisions resulting in death or serious injury in London.

The Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) will be proactively enforcing speed limits and targeting those who exceed the limits.

Motorists caught driving dangerously face very serious penalties, which may include a mandatory 12-month ban, points on their licence and even time in jail.

The Community Roadwatch scheme gives residents the opportunity to support officers during the operation and throughout the year to deter speeding in their area. Since 2015, more than 3,000 Community Roadwatch sessions have been held across London with more than 76,000 vehicles caught speeding.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, of the RTPC, said: “We are committed to reducing injury and death on London’s roads and will support the NPCC’s speed initiative as well as the Mayor and TfL’s Vison Zero ambition.

“Every road death or serious injury is devastating for the victim’s family and friends. Through education and enforcement, we must remind all road users of the importance of keeping themselves and others safe.”

The ongoing activity to tackle speeding and dangerous driving is also in support of the Mayor and TfL’s Vision Zero ambition, which aims to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from London's transport network by 2041.

As part of this approach, RTPC has ramped up activity to deter and deal with dangerous driving on London's roads. This joint work between the Met and TfL is to deliver and sustain improvement in speed enforcement, focusing on the most dangerous drivers and offences that put road users at risk.

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at TfL, said: “No death or serious injury is acceptable or inevitable and we will continue to crack down on anyone who is behaving dangerously, carelessly or illegally. Excess speed is an undisputed contributor to road traffic collisions in London.

“The consequences are devastating for victims and their families. Our message is clear, we won’t tolerate illegal and dangerous behaviour and through our work with the police we will take robust action against those that do. Slow down, be careful and watch out for others.”

For updates during the campaign, follow RTPC on Twitter: @MPSRTPC

Drivers or riders who believe they have witnessed a traffic offence and have recorded this with a dash camera, can visit the following link where the driving clip can be uploaded via our website

The Met will consider prosecuting any driver where the video evidence clearly highlights an offence under the Road Traffic act.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.