Police have issued a warning to motorists travelling during lockdown after catching one driver hitting speeds of 111mph on the A50.
Officers are continuing to patrol the roads while most of the country is shut down and in the last two weeks have caught several drivers flouting the speed limits.
And with an increase in the number of pedestrians and cyclists on the roads, Staffordshire Police are urging drivers to stick to the speed limits, take care and not to add to the strain on the NHS.
One incident in the last fortnight saw one driver caught travelling on the A50 in Uttoxeter – which has a 70mph limit – at excessive speeds between 95 and 111mph.
Other incidents include:
- a driver travelling between 54 and 69mph in the 40mph zone on the A34 in Tittensor
- a driver travelling between 78 and 85 mph in the 60mph zone of the A34 between Stone and Stafford
- a motorist hitting speeds in excess of 82mph on the A460 (Hednesford to Rugeley road) where the limit is 60mph
- a motorist hitting speeds of 50mph in the 30mph zone of the A449 in Penkridge
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Simon Tweats said: “We are committed to making our roads safer in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, reducing the likelihood of road traffic collisions, specifically at locations where drivers are known to be speeding.
“The Government advice is to stay at home and save lives. If you do need to go out for an essential journey then please help reduce the strain on the emergency services by taking extra care.”
Speaking on behalf of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, Helen Fisher, cabinet member for Highways at Staffordshire County Council, said: “These are unprecedented times and we all have a role to play in helping in the fight against coronavirus.
“As road users, one thing we can all do to help is to follow Government advice and only make journeys that are absolutely essential. If we do have to travel, then we want people to take extra care and to drive responsibly.
“If we all do our bit, we can help to ease the strain currently being placed on the NHS – and all emergency services.”
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for Regeneration, Infrastructure and Heritage at Stoke-on-Trent City Council and joint chair of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “The key message here is that while roads might be quieter, the speed limits remain the same.
“Speeding is against the law and puts yourself and other road users at unnecessary risk, at a time when the emergency services and NHS are under immense pressure.
“It’s vitally important people continue to follow the Government’s guidance and only travel if it is absolutely necessary. If you do have to travel, then please drive or ride sensibly and take extra care on every journey.”
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