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Main road from Skipton to Grassington targeted for speed enforcement

North Yorkshire Police has announced a campaign to tackle speeding on the county's roads, with the B6265 Grassington Road named among those recording the highest speeds.

Throughout February, North Yorkshire Police’s Traffic Officers say they will be targeting excess speed as part of the 'Fatal 5' campaign, which aims to highlight and tackle the five most common causes of road deaths.

It comes as the force reveals that there were 85,610 speed violations captured by the Safety Camera Vans and Safety Camera Bike across the county in 2021.

Of those, more than 72,000 saw drivers offered Speed Awareness Courses while more than 9,000 were handed a Fixed Penalty Notice. More than 100 drivers were unable to be dealt with out of court due to their excessive speed being over the threshold.

In addition to the Safety Camera Van and Bike figures, Traffic Officers issued more than 460 Traffic Offence reports for speeding offences in 2021.

North Yorkshire Police has named the B6265 Grassington Road, Skipton among its top six routes in the county where the highest speeds were recorded. Other locations include the A1 at Boroughbridge, Masham Road in Bedale and Tadcaster Road in York.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer said: “These figures show just how much of an issue speeding is here for us in North Yorkshire and this is not a huge surprise as we have a vast road network across the county including hundreds of miles of rural roads.

“There are so many dangers associated with excessive speeding, not least because it’s a major cause of fatal road traffic collisions.

“Driving too fast for the road you are on prevents you from foreseeing dangerous hazards such as blind bends, stationary vehicles, and pedestrians or animals on the road.

“By slowing down and making sure you drive to the conditions of the road, you have more time to react to other drivers and hazards. On top of that, if you are involved in a collision, the slower the impact speed, the higher chance of survival.

“Our teams will be out across the county at all times of day and night. We will be out in marked and unmarked cars and bikes, and we will respond to public information to target high risk offenders, making sure they face consequences for their reckless actions.”

 

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