Drivers warned the speed limits still
apply during latest lockdown

14.01.2021

Drivers across the UK are being reminded that the speed limits always apply, no matter how quiet the roads are during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fewer vehicles have been using the roads since the latest lockdown was put in place by the Government on January 4.

Members of the public have once again been warned to stay at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus and to ease the burden on the NHS.

They must not leave home without good reason, such as to buy essentials or to get to work, or they risk being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

If they must drive, motorists are being urged to take extra care and drive within the speed limits to avoid the risk of a collision, which would create an even bigger strain on hospitals.

Speed is a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes.*

Data released by the Department for Transport (DfT) in November 2020 confirmed that the number of cars speeding increased during the first UK lockdown.

At the time, anecdotal evidence from individual police forces and safer roads partnerships suggested that cases of speeding had risen.

But the ‘Vehicle Speed Compliance Statistics, Great Britain: January - June 2020,’ confirmed that this was the case.

It states that the proportion of cars exceeding the speed limit during the UK coronavirus lockdown was higher than for the equivalent period of 2019.

Some police forces also reported an increase in cases of extreme speeding during this period, including two of the highest speeds ever recorded on a UK road.

In May 2020, an Audi RS6 was recorded at 201mph on the M23 in Sussex. Just days later another Audi driver was clocked in excess of 200mph on the M20 in Kent.

 

*World Health Organisation - www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/world_r...

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