Police increase speed enforcement as more drivers take to roads
POLICE are warning drivers to stick to the speed limit during a two-week enforcement campaign.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council operation aims to address concerns over speeding as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
Avon and Somerset police have increased visible speed enforcement patrols from Monday and they will continue until June 7, “to keep people safe as the volume of traffic increases whilst an unusually high number of people continue to use roads and pavements for daily exercise”.
Police say the operation is deliberately timed to remind motorists of the importance of travelling at a safe speed as travel restrictions start to ease.
Avon and Somerset Police had previously announced the stepping up of traffic patrols as the number of complaints around speeding doubled in the weeks during lockdown.
The force has increased the number of visible speed enforcement patrols, targeting existing community speed watch sites and areas where concerns have been raised about excessive speeding during the lockdown.
Force Roads Policing and Collision Investigation lead Inspector Frazer Davey said: “We are ramping up our road safety activity to drive home the message that excessive and inappropriate speed kills.
“Our officers will be carrying out awareness, education and ultimately enforcement activity to help keep our communities safe.
“We have an established network of community speed watch volunteers who are our eyes and ears for community speeding information. We have also listened to localised speeding issues raised by the public. We will be responding to areas of concern with a visible presence.
“As we emerge from lockdown we all have a responsibility to slow down, avoid putting ourselves and others at risk and make our roads as safe as they can be.”
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Speeding is never acceptable and with some lockdown restrictions easing, more people are starting to use the roads for the travel reasons outlined by the Government or for exercising such as walking, cycling or running.
“I know speeding has continued be a concern for local people during the coronavirus pandemic and we all have a personal responsibility to make our roads safe for our communities. Please take care and respect speed limits at all times.”
Speeding can be reported through the Avon and Somerset police website or via 999 in an emergency and where there is danger to life.