POLICE are trying to put the brakes on speeding motorists following an increase of reports in recent weeks.
Figures published on Tuesday, June 2, following a freedom of information request from the RAC, have highlighted excess speeding by drivers across the country during lockdown.
Merseyside Police held a ‘speeding operation’ in Bootle on Monday, June 1 after complaints from residents of speeding vehicles in the local area.
A spokesperson said: “We have carried out a speeding operation in Bootle. This was following complaints from members of the public about an increase in speeding vehicles since the lockdown measures were introduced. Several drivers have been educated about the effects of speeding.”
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for campaign group Brake said: “The shocking speeds in these figures show arrogance, stupidity and a frankly disgusting lack of regard for the safety of others. We hope these individuals are punished to the fullest extent of the law, they are simply not fit to ever drive again.
“We urgently need a complete rehaul of our road culture, with speeding no longer tolerated and cycling and walking given priority investment. Lockdown has shown the value people place in quieter, safer streets and we must do all we can to maintain this momentum, starting with setting an example to those who brazenly flout the law and endanger lives.”