Major crackdown on speeding in Cumbria sees dozens of drivers reported

Drivers have landed themselves with fines this month after being caught speeding as part of a major crackdown.

During the operation, they issued 76 traffic offence reports in a two-week period.

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Officers from the Mobile Support Group and officers from across the force targeted those speeding on roads, putting themselves and others at risk.

Of those caught, 36 were also reported to court for driving over the road’s limit with officers also verbally warning 54 drivers.

A series of fines have already been handed out this month, amounting to hundreds of pounds in total.

Andrew Thomas Cheetham, of Garsdale, Sedbergh, was due to appear in Preston Magistrates’ Court on August 2 after he was caught driving more than 30mph in Haslingden in Lancashire.

Cheetham, 37, was found guilty and was fined £116. He must also pay £34 to fund victim services and costs of £90.

His driving record has been endorsed with three points.

Simon King, 25, of Cardewleees, Dalston, must pay £344 after he was caught in Lancashire driving more than 70mph on the motorway.

On August 4, King was due to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court charged with exceeding the 70mph speed limit while driving between junctions 32 and 33 on the M6.

He was found guilty of the charge and fined £220, he must also pay £34 to fund victim services and costs of £90.

King’s driving record has been endorsed with three points.

Sergeant Craig Hynes, from the Mobile Support Group, said: “We target all the four factors that contribute to serious injury and fatal collisions 24/7, this week of action just highlights some of the work we do.

“It’s disappointing to see that drivers are still speeding at excess putting themselves and other road users at risk.

“We will look to investigate those who drive dangerously on our roads.

“It’s important that we all educate ourselves on the consequences, even a few miles over can increase the risk of a collision being fatal or causing serious injury.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “Dangerous and anti-social driving is an issue that is continuously raised with me as Police and Crime Commissioner.

“This two-week-long operation is just a snippet of what the Police do year-round, but it gives us a strong idea of how many people are still driving dangerously on Cumbria’s roads.

“Dangerous driving is a selfish act, I would like to remind anyone who drives recklessly that not only are you placing yourself in danger but you’re risking the lives of other innocent drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“I would urge all road users to drive safely and appropriately – the laws are in place to protect everyone so please do not risk the possibility of accidents and, worst-case scenario, fatalities.

“The message is clear: anyone who is caught breaking the law will be dealt with appropriately by the Police.”

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