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‘It could’ve been catastrophic’: Police warning after driver clocked at 54mph near a school

‘It could’ve been catastrophic’: Police warning after driver clocked at 54mph near a school

Published by Lisa Darvill at 1:55pm 6th July 2020.

A driver who was clocked doing 54mph near a primary school is being dealt with by North Yorkshire Police.

  • It happened as children were being picked up outside a school near Richmond
  • Another driver was recorded at 48mph in the same area, which has a 30mph limit
  • They were recorded during a routine safety camera van deployment last week
  • Police say there's been an increase in high speeds since lockdown began

The incident happened as children were being picked up outside Barton Primary School near Richmond.

Another driver was recorded at 48mph in the same area, which has a 30mph limit.

Police say the roads were damp at the time, making stopping even more difficult.

The offences were captured by a safety camera van operator, who said:

"There were young kids out with parents, school busses stopping to drop kids off and kids were crossing to use the park too.

"The weather was damp and overcast as it had been spitting with rain."

The incidents were recorded during a routine safety camera van deployment to the village last week.

Andy Tooke, of North Yorkshire Police’s Traffic Bureau, said:

“Now many children are back in school, there’s even more reason to stick to speed limits in community areas.

“I’d be horrified if a driver passed me at 54mph while I was picking my kids up from school, and I’d like to reassure parents and residents that this driver is being dealt with appropriately by police.”

He added:

“It could’ve been catastrophic. The consequences of hitting a child at more than 50mph do not bear thinking about, but the child’s chance of survival would be virtually nil.

“That’s why we regularly deploy our safety cameras to 30mph residential areas such as towns and villages, as well as busier roads.

“Unfortunately, incidents like this demonstrate why we need to enforce speed limits with safety cameras, traffic officers and other police resources.

“There is absolutely no way to justify these sort of speeds in a residential area, especially near a primary school, and we will take decisive action against anyone who puts lives at risk in this way.”

North Yorkshire Police recently launched its #SlowDownSaveLives campaign. The force announced it was intensifying its efforts to reduce speeding in residential areas, and on rural roads and key routes.

Police say there has been an increase in high speeds since lockdown began, with motorists being clocked at up to 133mph on North Yorkshire’s main roads and 60mph in 30mph residential zones.

Senior officers confirmed they are continuing their operation to reduce speeds by deploying high-visibility patrols, safety camera vans and other resources to key areas across North Yorkshire until the standard of driving improves.