Police tackle speeds of more than 100mph in North Yorkshire communities as schools return

Motorists are being urged to slow down and save lives after police dealt with speeds of more than 100mph on the A 64 in the past few days.

Monday, 1st June 2020, 3:05 pm
Updated Monday, 1st June 2020, 3:21 pm
Police clock motorists doing more than 100mph on A64

Police have announced they are stepping up high-visibility deployments to tackle unsafe driving and motorcycling in communities, rural roads and key routes.

Offences detected on larger roads this weekend include:

Speeds on the A64 of 110mph involving a car driver near Heslington in York; 101mph by a car driver near Malton and 104mph by a car driver near York,

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Some examples of the incidents police dealt with in communities this weekend include:

A car driver dealt with after being clocked at 59mph in a 30mph residential area in Boroughbridge, near Harrogate.

A car driver stopped by police after being recorded at 51mph in a 30mph zone in the villages of Nawton and Beadlam near Kirkbymoorside

North Yorkshire Police also dealt with 54 collisions this weekend, some of which included serious injuries. They were caused by a range of factors, some of which remain under investigation

The motorists dealt with by officers this weekend were a combination of North Yorkshire residents and visitors.

Police have noted a recent increase in bad driving and motorcycling, with speeds of up to 133mph detected, and have warned that someone will be killed if it continues as roads get busier.

Superintendent Paula Booth has confirmed that police will continue their intensified response to “horrendous” driving and motorcycling until the issue is tackled, with an emphasis on reducing speeds in communities and on key routes.

Supt Booth said: “Despite warning motorists we are actively targeting speeding and other dangerous road use in communities across North Yorkshire, we saw some very alarming incidents this weekend.

“As schools begin to go back, with more young pedestrians and cyclists using the roads, I reiterate that we will not tolerate road use that puts lives in danger.

“Like us, residents have noticed some very irresponsible driving and motorcycling in their communities. They tell us they’re worried that someone will be killed if it continues, and I wholeheartedly share their concerns.

North Yorkshire Police, local authorities and other emergency services are currently backing the national #SlowDownSaveLives campaign, in which police forces use education and enforcement to make the roads safer.

Police forces nationally have reported a significant increase in very high speeds as more traffic returns to the roads, along side a large increase in cyclists and pedestrians.

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