Traffic officers’ warning that the same road dangers exist in the ‘new normal’

Date published: 18 May 2020 11:38
Dated: 18 May 2020 12:32:05

Traffic officers are reminding drivers that the dangers on the roads remain, as people start using the road network to return to work amid the gradual easing of the government’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Speeding, mobile phone use and driving while under the influence of drink and drugs kill. It is a fact.

To ensure our road network enters the ‘new normal’ as safely as possible, we want you to know our officers are patrolling and they are ready to intercept those who use the road network to commit crime, or pose a risk to other road users.  

Roads Policing Inspector Jason Booth said: “As restrictions have now been slightly eased, the roads are going to get busier. The speed limits and laws are there to protect you and other road users.

“Some people may have not driven their cars for a few weeks, some will have got used to the quieter roads with fewer hazards.

“We are there to protect you, our communities. We will be carrying out patrols ensuring everyone stays safe.”

People across South Yorkshire have showed incredible community spirit and care towards each other while we fight the coronavirus. It is important this level of care for each other continues and we consider ways in which we can reduce the risk of causing serious injury or death through our own actions.

Insp Booth added: “Those who drive over the speed limit, while on a mobile phone or while under the influence of drink or drugs, not only pose a risk to themselves, but they also put other road users and members of our community at risk.

“An average of 70 people per day in the UK were seriously injured in 2019 – all of whom would have required hospital treatment and help from the ambulance service. Let’s continue to help our NHS by reducing the risk of a crash and driving safely.

“We’re still all in this together.”

Safer Roads Partnership, an organisation working hard to promote road safety, is urging drivers to think, ‘How would you feel if you caused a collision because you were driving too fast?’

Joanne Wehrle, manager of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “We continue to live in unprecedented times, however the basic rules of the road remain the same.

“The faster you are driving, the longer it will take you to stop if something unexpected happens.

“The world is changing and we are all adapting to a new normal but the dangers on the road are still the same.

“Wear a seatbelt, put away your mobile phone, drive at an appropriate speed and do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

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