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Crackdown in Lancashire's 20mph zones
9:21am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A CRACKDOWN on drivers who flout 20mph speed limits has been announced by the country’s top police officers.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has toughened up guidance on enforcing the limits.
The move comes on the back of the Lancashire Telegraph’s 20 is Plenty campaign to bring in a 20mph speed limit on East Lancashire’s residential roads.
Under the new guidelines, motorists caught driving between 24mph and 31mph will either face a fixed penalty notice fine and three points or avoid points on their licence by completing a speed awareness course. Those travelling at up to 34mph will be fined and anyone speeding at 35mph or more will be reported to the courts.
Founder of the national ‘20’s Plenty for Us’ campaign, Rod King MBE, said speeding offences where people live will not be tolerated.
He said: “This is very timely. Many of our cities are rejecting the 30mph limits for most roads in favour of a life-enhancing 20mph limit that is becoming the norm rather than the exception.
“Whilst compliance comes from people understanding the benefits that come when we all drive below 20, the police play an important role in endorsing that through enforcement.
“Good policing comes from responding to communities and elected representative wishes and the overwhelming number of those want the police to play an active role in making those communities safer, more liveable and secure.”
Lancashire County Council is already rolling out 20mph zones in built-up parts of Burnley, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale, but Blackburn with Darwen Council is yet to follow suit.
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