MORE than 200 people were caught carrying out motoring offences during a day-long police speed crackdown.

Hampshire police's road policing team took part in the Europe-wide TISPOL speed enforcement campaign earlier this week and captured a total of 217 offences on county roads.

Officers caught 113 motorists speeding in good vehicles weighing 7.5 tonnes and captured 89 car drivers and motorcyclists breaking the speed limit.

A total of 15 people were captured for other offences, including using a mobile phone and failing to wear a seatbelt.

The operation was carried out on single and dual carriageway roads across Hampshire on Tuesday.

The Southern Regional Safety Camera Group used mobile cameras during the campaign and specifically focused ensuring goods vehicles of less than 7.5 tonnes observed the speed limits they are restricted to on the roads.

As previously reported, 27 per cent of people killed in road crashes in Hampshire last year died in accidents where exceeding the speed limit or travelling too fast for the conditions were recorded as contributory factors.

It was a three per cent rise from the previous year.

Hampshire's road safety sergeant Rob Heard said: “People need to realise it's a speed limit and not a target so it may be more appropriate to travel at a lower speed depending on the road conditions for their own safety. This is particularly important when dealing with vehicles which have a restricted limit below the usual speed on these roads.

“I would also remind other road users of these class restrictions and urge them to remain patient when travelling behind a slower moving vehicle complying with the speed limit that applies to them.

“Excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences. Hampshire Constabulary is committed to increasing road safety and will continue to target those who fail to abide by the speed limits “