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Clampdown on speeders

A major operation has been launched in Lancashire to target speeding on the county’s road network.

The majority of people within the county are staying at home and, if they need to go out, are continuing to stick to the speed limits – but with less traffic currently on the roads we have unfortunately seen an increase in vehicles traveling above the speed limit in the last few weeks.

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 traffic collisions – speed, driver impairment through drink or drugs, use of mobile phones, dangerous and careless driving. Over the next few weeks Lancashire Police will be stepping up patrols in key hotspot areas all over the county 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.”

Some recent examples of excessive speed include cars doing 144mph and 130mph on the M65 and a driver travelling at 80mph in a 30mph area on the A583 at Blackpool.

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