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Police in the North West join forces to warn motorists about the dangers of speeding


Police in Kendal PHOTO: Oliver Hodgson

Police in the North West are joining forces to urge motorists to stop speeding following the lifting of some travel restrictions by the government. 


The two-week-long campaign, which launches on Monday (18 May), is being coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) – with a warning from the North West that if you speed in the region, police will take action. It is important that everyone realises that speed limits are in place for a reason. Chief Inspector of Cumbria Constabulary’s Roads Policing unit, Ben Swinson, said: “In recent weeks we have seen evidence of people using the quieter roads as an excuse to drive dangerously and at speed. Whilst the world might have changed, the speed limits and traffic laws have not. The county’s roads are not a race track. “We have seen some particularly egregious examples in recent weeks, including a vehicle being recorded travelling in excess on 130mph on the A69. “We are expecting the roads to be progressively busier in the coming days and weeks and would urge everyone to drive with caution. “Driving recklessly puts yourself and other road users at an enormous risk of serious injury or death – and all at a time when the emergency services, and particularly hospitals, are under great strain.” Information on the penalties for speeding can be found at https://www.gov.uk/speeding-penalties


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