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Police lorry targets commercial vehicle drivers

The lorry patrolled Kent's motorways Credit: Kent Police

An unmarked lorry cab has helped Kent Police to identify more than 50 commercial vehicle drivers committing traffic offences.

Specially trained officers from the force’s Commercial Vehicle Unit patrolled the county’s motorways in the plain coloured vehicle to ensure public safety and improve driving standards.

It was used in an operation that ran between Monday 20 and Friday 24 June. In total 51 vehicles were stopped, including 33 LGVs and eight HGVs.

The most common offence was drivers using a mobile phone at the wheel – 38 in total.

A further 11 were stopped for not being in proper control of their vehicle.

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Sharp rise in number of speeding drivers

Speeding is the most common motoring offence Credit: ITV

Speeding is still the biggest motoring-related offence where the defendant is found guilty in court.

And the numbers of those found guilty have risen sharply in the past 12 months – from 115,935 to 148,426, an increase of 28% which is the highest number since 2005.

The next highest offence where defendants were found guilty was vehicle insurance-related crimes, although the percentage has fallen dramatically since 2004.

The figures, obtained by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, also show large falls in drink driving, vehicle registration and excise duty offences.

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Driver caught speeding at 118mph

Dramatic footage of a driver reaching speeds of 118 miles an hour and driving on the wrong side of the road has been released by Sussex Police. The car narrowly avoided hitting other vehicles as it was pursued by a patrol car. The driver has been jailed for a year. Police say his actions could have killed someone. Tom Savvides has this report which includes an interview with Paul Watters from the AA.

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Police chase driver caught at 118 mph

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680 speeding offences detected in New Forest last month

New technology, used by speed enforcement officers to concentrate on reducing animal related accidents on the roads, detected 680 speed-related offences in the New Forest during October.

The majority of these drivers, who were caught in the first month of the project, will be offered a place on a speed awareness course.

The Hampshire Constabulary speeding officers targeted evening commuting times when the greatest number of animals are injured, and used infra-red camera technology to detect speeding offences at night.

Hampshire Constabulary Road Safety Sergeant, Rob Heard, said:

The results for October highlight the importance of this partnership approach to reducing speed in the New Forest. They show we are targeting the right areas and that people are speeding through the New Forest.

We sincerely hope our enforcement will remind drivers of the importance of keeping within the speed limit at all times of the day and hope that it will contribute to a reduction in speed and a reduction in the number of injuries to both people and animals.

– Rob Heard

This project is a partnership between the Verderers of the New Forest, The Commoners Defence Association, and Hampshire Constabulary.

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