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Hertfordshire Constabulary launch new crackdown on speeding drivers around St Albans
Police will be targeting roads around St Albans as part of a county-wide drive to catch speeding motorists from next month.
Officers with speed guns will be placed at roads across Hertfordshire over October and November where there have been speeding-related crashes.
However Hertfordshire Constabulary has taken the unusual step of naming the roads ahead of the initiative to forewarn drivers.
Inspector Phil Bloor, from the Hertfordshire Constabulary Roads Policing Unit, said: "The sites for the speed checks have been selected because they have a record of speeding-related collisions occurring there.
"We are publishing the locations because our aim is not to catch motorists out but to encourage them to slow down in these accident hotspots and educate them about the dangers of driving too fast.
"Excessive speed dramatically increases your chances of being involved in an accident. And the higher the speed, the more likely it is that it will be a serious collision where you or someone else is hurt or killed.
"Our message is that you’ve been warned so don’t be a dummy - don’t get caught speeding this autumn."
London Road (A1081) St Albans and Courtlands Drive in Watford will be targeted in the scheme as well the M1 and M25.
Motorists caught speeding for the first time will be offered the chance to go on a Speed Awareness course. Although Drivers who have previously been caught face points on their licence and a fine of up to £2,500, or even court proceedings.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd said: "Time and time again speeding comes up as a top concern among the county’s residents I speak to - and rightly so. People want to know that their roads are safe and that police are taking positive action against irresponsible drivers.
"That is why tackling speeding and other forms of anti-social or unsafe driving is a key priority I have given the Force in my Police and Crime Plan Everybody’s Business.
"This scheme and others, such as my DriveSafe campaign which gives communities power to tackle speeding where they live, show that dangerous driving will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire."
Terry Douris, Hertfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways, added: "Speeding is one of the major causes of death and injury on our roads.
"We are committed to working in partnership with Hertfordshire Constabulary to get some key safety messages across and help to make the county's roads safer for everyone."
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