Wreckless Speeding on Quiet Lockdown Roads
It seems many people are missing the point of lockdown and bringing unnecessary danger to our roads risking lives and putting more pressure on our emergency services by selfishly driving at excessive speeds on roads made
unusually quiet by CoVID19 lockdown.
One of the main purposes of lockdown is to reduce the risks to people from not only the CoVID19 virus but also from serious injury requiring hospital treatment which puts
further pressure on already stretched emergency services and hospital staff. It is hard to believe how this point can be lost when so many are enduring the stress of
lockdown including mental health and financial hardship. However, it would seem that some motorists are not only flouting lockdown rules to get together with their
friends in the small confines of a car to show off their lack of driving skills but also using the excuse of ‘empty roads’ to find out just how fast their car can really
Some of the worst examples seen in the UK have seen police recording speeds in excess of 70mph on residential streets which have speed limits in place of 30mph on average.
Motorways have been favourite targets for these speedsters with some being clocked as high as 155mph in what is usually a 70mph zone.
In the USA the California Highway Patrol have seen and 87% surge in speeding ticket for motorist travelling in excess of 100mph since the lockdown there began.
The Los Angeles Times states,
“In the month after the start of the stay-at-home order March 19, the CHP issued 2,493 tickets throughout California for speeding more than 100 mph. Officers wrote
1,335 tickets for that offence during the same period last year."
The offences don't stop with just speeding, the California Highway Patrol site cases where uninsured and unlicensed drivers are also adding to the danger.
In the UK one unlicensed and uninsured driver was caught doing 80mph in a 30mph limit in Sudbury in Suffolk.
It's up to all of us to make lockdown work, we must remember we are doing this to save lives, to in exchange risk lives in this fashion is not only
wreckless but selfish #staysafe