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Police tackle 'alarming' speed on North Yorkshire roads as schools return 

Police tackle 'alarming' speed on North Yorkshire roads as schools return 

Published by Harry Long at 3:28pm 1st June 2020.

Police are again urging motorists to slow down after officers dealt with more speeding incidents in North Yorkshire this weekend.   

  • Police are reminding motorists to slow down after they dealt with more speeding incidents this weekend.
  • It's as around a third of North Yorkshire’s primary schools reopen today.
  • A motorcyclist was recorded travelling at over 100mph near Settle over the weekend.   

The warning comes as around a third of North Yorkshire’s primary schools reopen today.

A car was clocked at 59mph in a 30mph residential area in Boroughbridge, and a motorcyclist was recorded travelling at over 100mph near Settle.  Eighty motoring offences were recorded in and around Horton in Ribblesdale on Sunday.

Police dealt with 54 collisions over the weekend, some of which included serious injuries.  They recently announced they were stepping up high-visibility deployments to tackle unsafe driving and motorcycling in communities, rural roads and key routes.

Road policing officers and safety camera vehicles are continuing to police high speeds in communities across North Yorkshire.

Police say they have noted a recent increase in bad driving and motorcycling, with speeds of up to 133mph detected, and have warned that someone will be killed if it continues as roads get busier.

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Superintendent Paula Booth said:

“Despite warning motorists we are actively targeting speeding and other dangerous road use in communities across North Yorkshire, we saw some very alarming incidents this weekend.

“As schools begin to go back today, with more young pedestrians and cyclists using the roads, I reiterate that we will not tolerate road use that puts lives in danger.

“Like us, residents have noticed some very irresponsible driving and motorcycling in their communities. They tell us they’re worried that someone will be killed if it continues, and I wholeheartedly share their concerns.

“If you’re using North Yorkshire’s roads today, please remember we are out in force tackling dangerous road use, so please do the right thing, slow down and save lives.”

As well as villages, towns and suburbs, police are also trying to reduce speeds on key routes, as they become busier due to some lockdown restrictions being eased.