Police to launch major speeding crackdown

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Published on 20 May 2020 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has announced that a two-week speed enforcement operation is due to begin across the country.  

As of Monday 25th May, forces will “step up visible speed enforcement activity for the following two weeks, focussing on roads and areas where speeding is known to be an issue or there is a history of serious collisions.” 

The operation has been prompted by the partial lifting of Coronavirus-related lockdown regulations, with an increasing number of people returning to the roads as a result. 

Commenting, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham (Roads Policing Lead for the NPCC) said: "Unsurprisingly, the lockdown saw very quiet roads. Many forces reported increased speeding in a general sense and some forces reported instances of very excessive speeding. It is also of particular note that we have seen an increase in pedal cyclists at this time, many of whom may be unfamiliar with busier roads. Pedestrians and runners have also got used to empty roads. 
 
“Put this together with better weather, lighter evenings, motorcyclists itching to ride out across our country roads and you have the concerning combination of factors for a significant increase in people being killed or seriously injured. I am determined for this not to be the case.” 

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