Police across the North West join forces to crackdown on speeding


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

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of incidents of unacceptable speed across the region as people took advantage of the quieter roads - with some clocking up speeds in excess of 140mph.

Following on from the individual speeding enforcement campaigns the forces have already been carrying out, Cheshire Constabulary, Lancashire Police, Cumbria Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police are joining together to urge motorists to slow down.

As part of a nationwide campaign, the five forces across the North West will be sharing a common goal as they continue to crackdown on speeding motorists. The two week-long campaign, which launched today (Monday 18th 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.

Head of Cheshire Constabulary's Roads and Crime Unit, Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell, said: "Officers will be out over the next two weeks looking for people speeding in the county. They are not doing this for the sake of it, they are doing it to save people's lives.

"People are quick to say "police need to prioritise real issues", "shouldn't they focus on real crimes?" I want to stress that people are killed and seriously injured as a result of unnecessary speed, so this is, and quite rightly so, a priority for us.

"It is absolutely crucial we engage with and educate motorists on how to use the roads safely - and enforce the law when they are not. If you speed in Cheshire, we will take action."

If prosecuted for speeding, the minimum penalty is a £100 fine and three penalty points.

You could also be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 19th May 2020 at 10:07 pm
Needs to be done.
Mark Eden
Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 8:11 am
I wish they would crack down on the idiots in their toys. Should be decibel fines as well
Wendy Falk
Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 11:00 am
The A34 is used a racetrack, especially at night, but there are NEVER mobile speed cameras/police anywhere to be seen. The debris on the roundabouts the next day is clear evidence but nothing’s ever done.
Steve French
Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 12:22 pm
We hear what sounds like racetrack motorbikes on the A34 bypass daily,
And other racing Along the old A34 coming out of Alderley Edge.
I really don’t think that painting red reserves in the middle of some parts of the racetrack makes any difference.
It seems as if most people understand the peril these racers put themselves and others into.
It’s easy to moan about it - if there are too few Police then how much do a few speed cameras cost?
Jon Williams
Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 1:43 pm
The "Luxury Car" brigade aim to do the 6 mile in under 5 min.
Sam Hockenhull
Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 2:44 pm
I think you will find it is high powered cars making all the noise trying to impress the lads photographing them in Alderley

How many motorcycles do you see posing in the so called strip?
Yvonne Bentley
Friday 22nd May 2020 at 9:10 am
Whilst out walking yesterday , I stopped a short while to observe the traffic on the A34. It was interesting that a majority of the cars that were seemingly travelling at excessive speed were commercial vans or middle size family cars
(one of which had a full family on board and the driver overtook a vehicle at speed on the wrong side of the carriageway). I have no doubt that some drivers of luxury cars also drive quickly but they are by no means the only offenders as is often suggested
Chris Jones
Saturday 23rd May 2020 at 11:06 pm
Can we have an update on the drug dealers that have been arrested during the lockdown please.