Despite the Covid-19 lockdown, Police have had to further warn drivers about speeding on the UK’s roads, with eight deaths reported in London since the introduction of social distancing.
Greater Manchester Police have reported a 57% increase in speeding offences in recent weeks, while the Metropolitan Police have warned drivers driving at excessive speed that they will face “strong enforcement action”.
A number of serious and injuries and eight deaths have been recorded due to speeding on London’s streets since the lockdown started, and 89 “extreme speeders” have been called to court.
Despite an unsurprising drop in traffic in the capital, officers have seen a significant upturn in the number of speeding offences with one driver being caught travelling at 151mph.
The Met has reported that average speeds have increased across all roads in recent weeks, with some seeing an average of more than 50% of the speed limit.
Commander Kyle Gordon of the Metropolitan Police said: “Traffic volume in London has fallen by around 60 per cent in recent weeks and the vast majority of Londoners have heeded government advice to stay at home.
“Unfortunately, some individuals have sought to exploit the quieter roads and used this opportunity to drive at excessive speed.
“Driving at this speed we have detected is dangerous and socially irresponsible at this time.”
He added that this behaviour and the resulting road traffic accidents put “unnecessary strain” on the NHS and other emergency services during the pandemic.
Superintendent Julie Ellison of Greater Manchester Police’s Specialist Operations Team said that some drivers were using the quieter roads as “their own personal racetrack”, and that road safety was “of paramount importance” at all times.
“In this current climate, keeping the pressure off our emergency services is so important whilst they keep the public safe and well,” Ms Ellison said.
“If someone is speeding and they have a collision, this will take up vital resources including NHS, fire and the police.”
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