Police across the North West join forces to crackdown on speeding


Police in the North West are joining forces to urge motorists to stop speeding following the lifting of some travel restrictions by the government.

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of incidents of unacceptable speed across the region as people took advantage of the quieter roads - with some clocking up speeds in excess of 140mph.

Following on from the individual speeding enforcement campaigns the forces have already been carrying out, Cheshire Constabulary, Lancashire Police, Cumbria Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police are joining together to urge motorists to slow down.

As part of a nationwide campaign, the five forces across the North West will be sharing a common goal as they continue to crackdown on speeding motorists. The two week-long campaign, which launched today (Monday 18th May), is being coordinated by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) – with a warning from the North West that if you speed in the region, police will take action.

Head of Cheshire Constabulary's Roads and Crime Unit, Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell, said: "Officers will be out over the next two weeks looking for people speeding in the county. They are not doing this for the sake of it, they are doing it to save people's lives.

"People are quick to say "police need to prioritise real issues", "shouldn't they focus on real crimes?" I want to stress that people are killed and seriously injured as a result of unnecessary speed, so this is, and quite rightly so, a priority for us.

"It is absolutely crucial we engage with and educate motorists on how to use the roads safely - and enforce the law when they are not. If you speed in Cheshire, we will take action."

If prosecuted for speeding, the minimum penalty is a £100 fine and three penalty points.

You could also be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years.



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

David Hoyle
Monday 18th May 2020 at 8:47 pm
So what happens after the 2 week campaign
Chris Easdown
Tuesday 19th May 2020 at 7:02 am
About time. The A34 sounds like Brands Hatch.
Graham Steel
Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 8:39 pm
Speeding has been a problem for decades. There is much less traffic on the road now, but half the vehicles that I see when I am on my bike are speeding, including heavy lorries and commercial vans. We need a more serious prospect of fines in order to bring about safer roads.
Simon Worthington
Friday 22nd May 2020 at 8:53 am
I say Petunia, the noise of those supercar exhausts don't hawf spoil my preprandial G&T. Up there with other first world problems like "my jodphurs haven't been ironed" or "who had the last teaspoon of caviar"
I too am sick of noise - the screaming kids and mothers (4 hours the other afternoon), any of the dozen or so barking dogs (at least the 7.15am barker has stopped, they are still in bed or someone has complained), garden equipment (9am on Sunday).
Perhaps break out the Smythson and Montblanc and pen a missive to Esther asking her to use her influence and get this ludicrous lock down ended so those under 65 with no comorbidities who have more chance of drowning than the NHS putting them at risk of dying from a virus can get on with their lives.
Then access the interweb and research why your mask is USELESS UNLESS YOU ARE INFECTED and stop doing ST. Vitus' dance every time someone comes closer than 79 inches.
Hopefully the plod will follow their own Code of Practice (100 or so pages of very interesting reading) in this exercise. One of course that ensures that they come under no personal risk!!!! Unless they get too close to the offender!!!!
Disinfect your keyboard before negative response.

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