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​Met supports NPCC’s Roads Policing Speeding Operation

News   •   May 18, 2020 18:00 BST

Officers from the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) will be cracking down on drivers who exceed speed limits over the next two weeks as part of a national enforcement campaign led by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC).

The campaign which started on Monday, 18 May will see officers engaging with the public, making sure road users are driving sensibly and keeping themselves and others safe. 

Officers will also be proactively enforcing speed limits and targeting drivers who flout these limits through a number of tactics including the use of high visibility roadside operations and proactive patrols. 

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) see first-hand the destruction ignoring speed limits can have as they investigate the most serious collisions which end in life changing injuries or fatalities. 

Detective Inspector Dave Hindmarsh, who works within the SCIU, said: “The most difficult part of my job is getting to a scene of a road accident and seeing the consequences of careless and dangerous driving which is avoidable.

“By looking at damage to vehicles and road furniture, road markings, and the level of injuries sustained, you can often see whether speeding is a factor in collisions. 

“The majority of collisions I’ve seen in recent weeks during the pandemic have been due to speed, and in some cases people have been driving at twice the speed limit, which is extremely reckless and poses a significant risk to the safety of pedestrians and other road users.”

Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “I’m astounded by how selfish and dangerous drivers and riders have been during the COVID-19 restrictions. 

“The impact of speeding can be monumental, life changing and sometimes fatal.

“During the past few weeks we have seen a rise in inappropriate road use, so this campaign is timely. 

“Since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in March, we have had to enforce more than 5,000 speeding offences after drivers have taken advantage of quieter roads. 

“As we begin to see drivers back behind the wheel and London’s road get busier, our officers will be out speaking to the public, and reminding road users of the importance of keeping to the speed limits and what can happen if they break the law.

“We will not hesitate to take action against those caught speeding because it saves lives.”

+ Drivers or riders who believe they have witnessed a traffic offence and have recorded this with a dash camera can visit the website where clips can be uploaded.  

The Met will consider prosecuting any driver where the video evidence clearly highlights an offence under the Road Traffic act.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.