OFFICERS in Hampshire will take part in a Europe-wide crackdown on speeding motorists.

The speed enforcement crackdown will take place tomorrow with a particular focus on goods vehicles of less than 7.5tonnes.

Officers will use mobile speeds cameras on national speed limit roads and dual carriageways, and anyone caught speeding will face action.

Sergeant Rob Heard, from Hampshire Constabulary, 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 speed was a factor in 27 per cent of deaths in car crashes in Hampshire last year. In 2012, the figure was 2012.

Sgt Heard added: “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.”