Police to get tough on speeding drivers

Just Regional
Apr 23, 2020 3 mins read

Norfolk police have seen an increase in the proportion of drivers breaking the speed limit since the coronavirus restrictions on travel were put in place.

And they have vowed to take robust action against those who break the law on the roads.

Since the beginning of the lockdown in March, there has been a 75pc reduction in traffic volume across the roads in Norfolk, with the majority of people following government guidelines on social distancing and staying at home except for essential needs.

But speed data recorders at various locations across the county have shown a marked increase in the percentage of vehicles exceeding the speed limit.

Within the past week in Norfolk officers have seen two vehicles travelling along the A47 at a speed of 101mph and 103mph. A light goods vehicle limited to 60mph was found to be travelling along the A11 at 102mph, and in a 60mph zone in Kings Lynn, a vehicle was found to be travelling at 94mph.

During this period last year, 0.6pc of vehicles detected speeding were travelling at over 100mph but this year, the number is 1.1pc.

Police are cracking down on speed.

Chief Insp Kris Barnard, head of the Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “It is very disappointing to see such a dramatic increase in speeding drivers, especially when we are seeing fewer vehicles on our roads. As we continue to reiterate, speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences making you more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal collision alongside using a mobile phone, drink/drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

“If you are involved in a serious collision you are highly likely to need vital health care, therefore increasing the demand on our NHS. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, there has never been a more important time for us to all do our bit by protecting our NHS by reducing our chances of needing health care.

“We continue to patrol our road network by targeting speeding drivers and we will take robust action against anyone who is found to break those rules. We also urge people to follow government guidelines that non-essential journeys are not permitted due to the Coronavirus outbreak and would be in breach of the Health Act rules.”

Most people will realise that following the rules of the road is not only safer for them and their families but will benefit our already busy health services during a global pandemic, to avoid the strain of road traffic collision casualties.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said he was pleased to see the police taking this action, saying it shone a spotlight on the selfishness of some drivers.

“Individuals, families and communities across Norfolk are making massive sacrifices in the name of saving lives and reducing demand on our NHS. Getting behind the wheel and choosing to drive at excessive speed not only risks your own safety and that of other road users, but also has the potential to place additional demand on the health services that will need to come to your aid in the event of a crash,” he said.

“If you’re undertaking essential travel, I urge you to please do it safely. The life you save may even be your own.”

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