Lincolnshire Police urge drivers to take extra care on the roads
Lincolnshire Police are today (Monday) asking drivers and road users to take extra care when using the roads.
Officers said they know the roads are quieter and reducing injuries caused in road accidents helps to reduce the strain on the NHS.
Police said they were "experiencing a small rise in irresponsible drivers taking advantage of the quieter roads and driving at higher speeds," but added: "In the main our communities are making essential journeys only."
Superintendent Paul Timmins, head of specialist operations, Lincolnshire Police, said: “Our officers are keeping the roads as safe as we can. I appeal to everyone in our communities to help us with this. The drivers that are speeding and causing huge concern to others are known to their family members and friends.
“Have those conversations about how speeding and inconsiderate driving will affect you if they are injured or if they injure someone else. There is no second chance, the faster someone goes the less time they have to react. We’re doing everything we can to reduce the risk, to protect everyone we know who goes to work to save lives in the NHS. I’m asking you to help too.”
He said that officers were "focussing their efforts on speed enforcement".
Police added: "It’s everyone's responsibility to take care on the roads and we will do everything we can to reduce speeding vehicles and to keep the roads a safe place for road users who are making essential journeys. We are doing everything we can to keep people safe to reduce the burden on the NHS so they have capacity to care for people in our communities who need their help.
"We have our specialist operations officers on patrol day and night in marked and unmarked cars and motorbikes. Your local officers on response and neighbourhoods are conducting speed enforcement checks. We have our Safer Roads Team on patrol, they are enforcing speed limits. The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership is enforcing speed limits using mobile and fixed safety camera sites.
"We’re focussing on enforcing speed limits and also those offences we all know as the fatal four, which contribute to fatal and serious injury collisions. Using a mobile phone, excess speed, driving while under the influence of drink or drugs and not wearing seatbelts.
"The traffic is different, the speed limit is not."