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Herts police launch campaign to remind motorists that speeding devastates lives

As Hertfordshire police launched their latest campaign against speeding, they revealed the casualty toll on the county's roads to underline how breaking the limit devastates lives.

In the year to November 2019, a total of 34 people were killed and 364 were seriously injured in Hertfordshire.

These formed part of the 1,122 people who were killed or seriously injured on the roads of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the same period – which equates to almost 20 serious injuries and at least one death every week.

The figures have been released by police at the start of this month’s campaign to remind motorists that speeding devastates lives.

Chief Inspector Jon Roche, head of roads policing for the Herts, Cambs and Beds forces, said: “Far too many lives are tragically lost or changed forever as a result of speeding on our counties’ roads. It’s the reason we're so passionate about preventing avoidable collisions.

“The faster you drive, the less time you have to react, and any mistake by you or another is amplified by that speed.

"Speed limits are in place for a reason. Never exceed the limit for the road you’re on and please make sure your speed is appropriate for the driving conditions.

“Speed limits are the top safe speed for that road. It is often safer to travel at lower speeds, such as in bad weather and where there are pedestrians or cyclists, particularly children. Don’t gamble with their lives or yours.”

In Cambs, there were 36 deaths and 396 people seriously injured from November 2018 to the same month last year, while the Beds casualty toll was 20 killed and 272 seriously injured.

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