Campaign targets speeding drivers in Bristol, Bath and Somerset

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A week-long operation to crackdown on speeding drivers across Bristol, Bath and Somerset has been launched.

Avon and Somerset Police and volunteers from Community Speed Watch schemes are taking part in a pan-European campaign.

Police patrols using speed cameras and number plate recognition will be stationed on major roads including the M5, M4, M32 and A303.

Volunteers using hand-held speed devices will monitor traffic on smaller roads and villages.

The speed enforcement operation runs from 20 to 26 August.

Patrol cars will be stationed on motorway bridges and highway matrix signs will display speed enforcement messages.

Chief Inspector John Holt said: "Fifty one people in Avon and Somerset were killed or seriously injured in 2011 in crashes where speed was a factor.

"During this week, and every day of the year, we will detect and stop speeding drivers.

"We are determined a robust enforcement approach and an effective driver education programme will make our roads safer for all."

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