South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  25 Mar 2020Speed warning to 'reckless' drivers during Covid-19 outbreak

Traffic officers are reminding people to ‘stay home and save lives’ after reports of drivers travelling at excessive speeds on the county’s roads amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Officers from South Yorkshire Police have attended two serious collisions in the last 24 hours in which speed is believed to have been a contributing factor. 


Inspector Jason Booth of the Roads Policing Group said that anyone breaking the law was risking placing unnecessary strain on the emergency services and would be dealt with. 

He said: “Please stay at home and off the roads unless you absolutely have to travel.  

“For anyone thinking of using our roads illegally, you are not only risking lives but you are using valuable police or NHS resources by committing dangerous offences.  

“Your actions could have fatal consequences so please do your bit and stay home to protect the emergency services and let us focus on those who need our help.”  

The Government has said people should only leave their homes for the following reasons:  


  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible; 
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household; 
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; 
  • travelling to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home. 


Insp Booth added: “If you have to travel, please follow the rules of the road – wear your seatbelt, put your mobile phone away and do not drink and drive. 


“The speed limits are there for a reason, no matter how many cars or vehicles are on the road. 

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.”  

Joanne Wehrle, manager of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP), said the organisation would continue to relay important updates about road use via social media. 


“We know most people are following the very clear Government advice to stay at home and we thank you for doing so,” she added. 


“Our team will continue to issue updates about things like MOT extensions and driving tests to try and keep everyone informed. 


“But the main thing we can all do now is follow the guidance to stay at home and only make essential journeys.” 


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