Due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, mindless drivers are taking advantage of the empty roads and driving at the highest speeds.
In the first three weeks of the lockdown, about two-thirds of the UK police forces caught a number of drivers speeding in excess of 100mph, as shown by the new data. Speedsters continue to stick their lives at risk as well as the lives of others only because the roads and motorways are empty. This has prompted a constant increase in the number of speed offences.
During the lockdown, Metropolitan police recorded the highest speed of 163mph on the M1 in London, 93 miles above the allowed speed limit. The leader of the Metropolitan Police, Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, urged the speedsters to consider the risk to “vulnerable road users”.
In a report he said: “Since lockdown speeding enforcement by roads policing officers in London is up 119% and extreme speeding enforcement is up 181% when comparing the same period in 2019. This includes 345 offences of 100mph or more with the highest being 163mph.
“Though of particular concern are speeds in ‘urban roads’ where we know more vulnerable road users are walking or cycling; we have experienced 110mph in a 30 and 73mph in a 20 road limit.”
The Prime Minister of the UK also urged the people to limit the use of public transport as much as possible and instead walk or cycle to work.
The RAC’s road safety spokesman, Simon Williams, referred the high speeds as “truly shocking” and warned that the speedsters have “virtually no time to react should anything unexpected happen”.
He added: “Some drivers have taken advantage of quieter roads to speed excessively, putting the lives of others at risk at the worst possible time. It’s encouraging that so many police forces have taken firm action even during the lockdown, which sends a strong message to other would-be offenders.”
Motorists across the country are being urged to drive with caution in order to save lives as the UK government eases out lockdown restrictions.