Posted: Friday 1st May 2020
Another week has passed and it’s finally Friday. Normally, we would be thinking about our plans for the weekend, looking forward to seeing our friends and family or possibly heading off for a few days away. However, this weekend, many of us will be staying at home to ensure we continue to protect the NHS and save lives. As I’ve said over the last few weeks, it’s important that we do not let up. Let’s make sure that we do not throw away the numerous sacrifices we have all made.
If you do need to make an essential journey, I want to remind you that the speed limits are still the same. I say this as Avon and Somerset Police and I are aware that some drivers are taking advantage of the quieter roads to drive well in excess of the speed limits.
Speeding is never acceptable but especially in the current circumstances. Our neighbourhoods and streets are busier than usual as adults and children use their local area for their daily exercise, and those who are speeding are putting themselves and others at risk. Unacceptable speeds potentially means more collisions, fatalities and accidents, which inevitably puts additional strain on our emergency services are who are already working so hard during this pandemic.
With all the challenges that individuals, communities and the country are facing right now, speeding should not be an issue that the police have to deal with. However, they are having to dedicate a significant police resource to stop irresponsible drivers breaking the speed limits, when they could be helping those most vulnerable during these uncertain times. I am further disheartened and appalled when I hear that officers who are enforcing speeding controls in response to community concerns have faced hostility, abuse and obstruction, all while doing their best to save lives. These officers are out on the frontline to protect you, protect others and should be respected.
More than ever, we all have social responsibility during this pandemic. I urge you to think twice before speeding. Please do not put yourself or others in unnecessary danger.
Until next time, stay safe.