SPEEDING drivers will be the focus of a two-week crackdown by Wiltshire Police next week.

The crackdown is part of a national enforcement campaign and starts from Monday (May 18) and runs until Sunday, June 7.

The National Police Chief' Council campaign will see a visible presence of officers on the roads.

Inspector Mark Freeman, from the road policing team, said: "Campaigns like this help us to educate drivers on the issues and consequences around speeding and enforce the laws. Over recent weeks we have been conducting regular speed checks following concerns from members of the public that some drivers may be taking advantage of quieter roads during lockdown and our aim is stop this behaviour.

“This campaign will raise awareness of the dangers of speeding to themselves and others - especially the increasing numbers of cyclists and runners that are taking the opportunity to use the quieter roads. Speeding is included as one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or injured in a collision. The other offences include drink-driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt. Those who ignore the dangers of speeding pose a risk to themselves as well as other road users.

"Speed limits are implemented for a reason and drivers must ensure that they obey these limits in order to prevent any road related incidents.”

Police in Salisbury have issued warnings to drivers who have been flouting the speed limits during lockdown.

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Deputy Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Jerry Herbert, said: "Our roads policing officers do a great job highlighting the dangers of the ‘fatal Four’ which are speeding, drink/drug driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt while driving. It is regrettable that it is necessary to repeat the message time and time again that speed kills. There is still a minority of irresponsible and very selfish drivers clearly refusing to listen and act on the message.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a Traffic Offence Report and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action.