Speeding drivers are taking advantage of quieter roads during lockdown


Police are appealing to motorists to slow down as an increasing number of drivers are breaking the speed limit and taking advantage of the quiet roads during the coronavirus lockdown.

PCSO Hancock and PC Mutch who were out on patrol in the Wilmslow area all day on Friday, 17th April, said "We've noticed an increase in speed due to the roads being quieter especially Altrincham Road. Please slow down. There is a 30mph limit. Think of the demand on the NHS if you were involved in a collision."

Whilst the local roads have been deserted at times there has been a noticeable increase in the number of people out walking and cycling on the country lanes while taking their daily exercise.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Helen Battilana
Sunday 19th April 2020 at 3:11 pm
Instead of appealing to drivers to slow down to 30mph or less on Altrincham Rd (and every other speed limited road), why do the Police not actually check their speed and prosecute as necessary? I don't think polite requests have any influence on the few drivers determined to drive very fast and noisily, but points on their license might.
Pete Taylor
Sunday 19th April 2020 at 6:02 pm
The usual fast, noisy cars have been screaming up and down the bypass over the last couple of days; this is a known problem, when will it be tackled?
Aside from the speed and the illegal exhausts, it seems the majority of these cars don’t carry a front number plate.
Alan Brough
Monday 20th April 2020 at 10:14 am
@ Pete Taylor,

You'd think that now would be an ideal time to deal with the problem.

Not only are they driving too fast, contravening MOT regs and creating a significant noise nuisance; at a time when everyone is following strict "Essential Travel Only" guidelines for the general good, they are sticking two fingers up to the rest of us and are allowed to get away with it.
Pat McEwan
Monday 20th April 2020 at 7:08 pm
Altrincham road is a place waiting for an accident the speed of most cars travelling along near racecourse lane is frightening
Lynne Prescott
Tuesday 21st April 2020 at 5:28 pm
Pete, i echo your frustrations over the bypass. With little other traffic and many speeding cars, surely this is a fantastic time for a speed trap... with the side benefit it will make up for the revenue loss from council parking! Two birds with one stone.
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 21st April 2020 at 6:10 pm
Today, (Tuesday) it has been worse than it is on a "normal" week-end.
Bill Bennett
Wednesday 22nd April 2020 at 5:26 pm
Motorcycle riders are using the bypass as a racetrack at the moment. I live near the bypass and based on the noise of the bikes moving, I suspect some are travelling in excess of 100 mph. Why do the police allow them to have such noisy exhausts? I doubt if they are legal.

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