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Police Warn Speeding Drivers, ‘We’re Watching For You’

Published on: 18 May, 2020
Updated on: 20 May, 2020

Speeding drivers and motorcyclists taking advantage of quieter roads are being targeted in Surrey and Sussex. The message from the Surrey Safer Roads Partnership warns people to slow down and save lives.

The new lockdown guidance addresses aspects such as the return to work, social distancing and avoidance of public transport where possible. That increases safety risks on our roads.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, commanding roads policing across both counties, said: “It is essential people are able to exercise for both physical and mental health. Cycling, jogging and walking are great options and we want people to be able to do these safely without fear of injury.

“But a minority of people think speeding is acceptable. We urge drivers and motorcyclists to ditch the excuses and we remind them we will be enforcing speed limits at high-priority locations, targeting those who present themselves to be a danger.”

The officer added: “Emptier roads may lead to temptation for irresponsible drivers who do not foresee the consequences of their actions. It takes only a split second for something catastrophic to happen.

“We must share the roads responsibly, with more pedestrians and cyclists, it is imperative we continue to work together to reduce the pressure on the NHS and emergency services, so they can focus their efforts on saving lives and caring for our communities.”

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test 2 Responses to Police Warn Speeding Drivers, ‘We’re Watching For You’

  1. Martin Elliott Reply

    May 18, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I hope Surrey Police is going to give as much effort to offences shown to primary causes of accidents due to inattention.
    What about use of a mobile device, not just a phone? the offence was deemed so bad that the penalties were doubled. Unfortunately, increased penalties do little unless the offence is permanently enforced, not just in a couple of weeks campaign.

    What about the advertised, tailgating, or middle-lane hogging?

    The Police and Crime Commissioner and Surrey Police seem to only use social media to tell us what the force is doing to address particular issues like mental health, missing persons, or domestic violence. Maybe that is to justify the 15% rise in residents’ payments, in just the last two years.

    But there is little publicity about the appalling rise in burglaries and aggravated burglaries (personal attack) reported in January and even discussed with SCC. Other indicators like “good outcome to the investigation” are falling, but no discussion on such performance on social media, only in complex reports.

  2. Michael Hard Reply

    May 19, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Lets hope the “high-priority locations” are accident blackspots’ and not locations that will be a source of revenue, which is sadly normally the case in Surrey.

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