Two drivers caught inside a week of each other speeding at more than 100 miles per hour on a dual carriageway, has sparked Nottinghamshire Police to urge people to “slow down to save lives”.
A campaign has begun nationally highlighting the dangers of speeding and other main causes of death and serious injury on the county’s roads.
This comes as traffic starts to build up again with lockdown restrictions slowly lifting.
In particular, there has been a noticeable increase in speeding right across the country, including in Nottinghamshire.
Recent instances on Nottinghamshire’s roads include a driver caught speeding yesterday (May 20) at 111 miles per hour on the A46 at Bingham and just a week earlier, on Thursday 14 May, another driver was caught doing 105 miles per hour on the same road. Both men have been reported for summons in court, where they could face being banned from driving.
Now further patrols are being carried out by the force’s Roads Policing Unit targeting speeding motorists along this stretch as well as officers patrolling on other roads across Nottinghamshire.
During last month, action taken by officers patrolling the A46 through Rushcliffe has included tickets being issued to drivers speeding; one driver using a mobile phone while driving; and seizing a vehicle from a driver for having no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
Superintendent Claire Rukas, who is in charge of Operational Support for Nottinghamshire Police, said: “While we haven’t seen as much of the excess speeds which other forces have reported, excessive speed has been identified as one of the ‘Fatal Four’ main causes of collisions resulting in fatal or serious injury.
“The careless and dangerous actions of one motorist can have devastating effects on the lives of others.
“At this time we are now seeing more cyclists and pedestrians venturing out so we are urging motorists to pay attention and take care at all times and travel within the speed limit.
“Our officers will be out and about during this national campaign and those exceeding the speed limit throughout Nottinghamshire can expect to be dealt with robustly. Speed limits are the legal limit, not a guideline. By breaking the limit, you break the law.
“As the volume of traffic increases on our roads we are also urging motorists to ensure their vehicles are in good condition before heading out on to the roads and ensure they are aware of other road users.”
Chief Constable Craig Guildford added: “The lockdown saw very quiet roads but with the gradual lifting of restrictions traffic volumes are starting to increase.
“It is important to highlight the dangers of speeding and to remind all road users that there are more cyclists, runners and pedestrians on the roads than before so as more drivers return to work, please slow down and think of others.”