Police tackle increased speeding on Preston’s roads as drivers urged ‘essential travel only’

Posted on - 13th May, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Police have launched an operation to tackle speeding

Police have launched a campaign to tackle speeding in Preston after an increase in drivers flouting the limit during lockdown.


Since motorists were asked to restrict journeys to essential travel only, officers say roads have been quieter – and some drivers have seen it as a green light to break the speed limit.

Drivers have been seen travelling at speeds of 140mph and 133mph on the M65.

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Operation Manta Ray, which began on May 6th, will focus on high profile enforcement and education to road users and will target the main causes of road accidents – speed, driver impairment through drink or drugs, use of mobile phones, dangerous and careless driving.

Over the next few weeks police will be stepping up patrols in key hotspot areas all over Lancashire in a bid to crackdown on those individuals flouting the rules of the road, and help to protect vital emergency services at this time.

Chief Inspector Sue Bushell, of Lancashire Police’s Tac Ops Dept, said: “Road safety in Lancashire is always a priority for us as speeding can have devastating consequences. Sadly, we have seen an increase in some people driving at excessive speeds potentially putting themselves and others at risk.

“No matter how quiet the roads are the speed limit still applies.

“In this unprecedented health emergency, keeping the pressure off our emergency services is so important whilst they keep the public safe and well. If someone is speeding and they have a collision, this will take up vital resources including NHS, fire and the police.

“In carrying out this operation we are acting on concerns our communities have raised and we will work tirelessly to target those who think they can use the roads as their own personal racetrack.”

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You can report any concerns or issues by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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