Police ‘strike team’ to target speeding motorists

A police ‘strike team’ will be out and about in Sussex today (Wednesday, August 8) targeting speeding motorists at collision hotspots.sussex-police-new-logo-nov-2017

Their action will begin at 6am and continue for 24 hours as part of a campaign running across Europe this week which has the slogan: Slow down to save lives – Arrive alive not dead on time.

Other activities during the week will include a safety camera team using a combination of fixed and mobile cameras to enforce the law and provide support to the campaign.

As well as speed they are able to capture mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

Speed watch groups will provide extra support with volunteers using speed detection devices to capture offences. Those will be referred back to the police through Operation Crackdown.

The Operation Crackdown ‘strike team’ is made up of special constables and will provide advice to road users in order to instigate behavioural change.


Europe’s traffic police network is coordinating speed enforcement campaigns and being supported by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership working with Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit.

The aims of the campaign are to:

  • Target irresponsible and dangerous drivers committing excess speed offences
  • Inform drivers of the risks, to themselves and other road users, associated with speeding
  • Encourage drivers to obey speed limits and drive at speeds safe for the road environment.


Sgt Phil Badman, partnership sergeant for Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, said: “Speed is a significant contributory factor with regards to road collisions. This campaign demonstrates willingness by police forces across Europe to tackle this issue and highlight the possibility to motorists that being prosecuted whilst driving at excessive speed will be greatly increased.

“Speeding reduces your chances to survive any collision you may be in. You may think you’re in control of your vehicle, but you are not in control of what others are doing on the road. They could be the difference between life and death.”

Campaign organisers said: “We ask all road users to obey the speed limits and remember that they are a limit and not a target – slowing down could save a life.”

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