- Empty roads leading to a “minority of drivers” driving too fast
- Luke calls for drivers to save lives by cutting their speed
Plymouth MP Luke Pollard has today called for drivers in the city to cut their speed as the roads empty of traffic. With schools and colleges closed, businesses shut down and people staying at home there is less traffic on the roads making journeys faster. This is leading to a small minority of drivers speeding especially in urban roads that might otherwise be full of traffic.
A number of fatalities have been recorded on Devon and Cornwall’s roads in recent weeks showing that the lockdown is not necessarily leading to a reduction in deaths.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“A minority of drivers in Plymouth are taking advantage of empty roads by speeding dangerously putting lives at risk. Roads that are normally full of traffic are a lot quieter with the lockdown and this is tempting some drivers to ignore speed limits. I am also worried that people who are out for their daily exercise are not necessarily paying as much attention to road traffic.”
“I have raised speeding with the Police and they have reassured me that road Police are continuing to stop cars that are exceeding speed limits in Plymouth and across the region. Please drive safely, mind the speed limit and check both ways when crossing – that is another way we will save lives at this time of national crisis.”