Road safety campaign catches more than 40 drivers speeding in one day

More than 40 people were reported for speeding in a single day and five vehicles were seized as police cracked down on road safety.
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Officers from Greater Manchester Police's safer transport team have been out in force this week focusing on speeding and driving offences as part of Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death).

Just on Wednesday, more than 40 people were reported for speeding, with the highest being 56mph in a 30mph zone.

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Officers seized five vehicles - three for no insurance, one for no licence and one for no MOT certificate.

Police have been focusing on driving offencesPolice have been focusing on driving offences
Police have been focusing on driving offences

They also processed traffic offence reports including: 14 for using a mobile phone while driving; 25 for not wearing a seatbelt; 10 for issues with their number plate; five for defective tyres; and nine for illegal window tints.

Ch Insp Gareth Firth said: “Sadly we have seen a number of deaths on our roads which is why national campaigns such as Project EDWARD are so important. Speeding has been a factor within these fatalities, however we have also seen them happen due to careless driving, and life-threatening injuries which could have been prevented had seatbelts been worn correctly.

"This is just a fraction of drivers that have been stopped for offences in one day and sadly the number of vehicles we stopped was far higher than we had anticipated.

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"I would urge anyone travelling in a car to make sure they are making the necessary checks to ensure their car is roadworthy, they are wearing their seatbelts correctly and they are keeping their full attention on the road without any distractions such as mobile phones.

"This campaign has been supported by traffic officers and colleagues from across the force as well as our external partners, however members of the public also play a vital role in keeping our roads safe. If you've witnessed an offence on the roads then please report it to us via the dedicated link on our website. Alternatively you can report things anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency."

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Bev Hughes said: “I am pleased to be supporting Project EDWARD again this year in a bid to reduce deaths and serious injury on Greater Manchester’s roads. More than 60 families lost a loved one on our roads alone last year, with a further 600 people suffering serious and often life-changing injuries. That’s more than 600 families affected and their lives changed forever.

“Collisions are often the result of speeding or being distracted at the wheel - even a moment’s lapse of attention can cause an accident. So please stay alert, watch what’s happening and think ahead. Lives can be wrecked in an instant and the consequences last a lifetime.”

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The fire service's head of prevention, area manager Paul Duggan, said: “Sadly, our firefighters are called to hundreds of serious road traffic collisions every year and all too often witness people suffering life-changing injuries or worse.

“Some people may not realise but we actually rescue more casualties from road traffic collisions than we do from fires, so we are keen to work with our partners at every opportunity and support campaigns such as Project EDWARD in a bid to keep people safe on our roads."