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Coronavirus: Police step up efforts to tackle bad driving

Coronavirus: Police step up efforts to tackle bad driving

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 24th May 2020. (Updated at 11:17am 24th May 2020)

North Yorkshire Police is stepping up plans to tackle to “horrendous” driving and motorcycling during the lockdown.

  • Police are promising to crack down on bad driving over the Bank Holiday weekend. 
  • Officers believe a minority of drivers and motorcyclists are exploiting quieter roads during lockdown.  
  • Traffic levels are now rising after some restrictions were eased,

On Wednesday evening in Craven, a motorcyclist was clocked at 63mph in a 30mph zone in Cold Coniston.  Around 20 speeding offences were recorded within just 45 minutes at the same location.

Recently, police also stopped a car driver travelling at 132mph on the A19 near Thirsk. Speeds of 122mph on the A64 and 117mph on the A168 have also been recorded in the last few weeks.

Officers believe a minority of drivers and motorcyclists are exploiting quieter roads. But traffic levels are rising after some lockdown restrictions were eased, and more cyclists and pedestrians are using the roads. 

Craven police
Patrols are being stepped up this weekend

Roads Policing Officers and the safety camera van fleet are patrolling roads this weekend.  

Anyone using the roads is being advised there will be a highly-visible police presence.

Superintendent Paula Booth said:

“Based on the incidents we’ve been dealing with, I am genuinely concerned we’ll be experiencing more fatalities this weekend. We really don’t want that to happen.

“We’re seeing some horrendous driving and riding, and we know that more than 90% of the fatal collisions we investigate are caused by driver or rider error.

“These road users aren’t just creeping a few miles an hour above the speed limit. They are taking to the road with the express intention of using it as a racetrack. Enough is enough - this will not be allowed continue.”

This week, North Yorkshire Police joined the national ‘Slow Down and Save Lives’ campaign, which aims to keep road users safe as more traffic returns to the roads.

Officers across the country will be carrying out speed enforcement operations.