GoSafe Reports Speeding Increases on Welsh Roads
In a statement, GoSafe Partnership Manager, Teresa Ciano, highlights a concerning number of cases where vehicles are being driven at speeds exceeding limits to a higher extent.
Recent examples include:
- 114mph in a 70mph limit on the A55 (Rhuallt Hill)
- 105mph in a 60mph limit on the A5 (Halton, Wrexham)
- 104mph in a 70mph limit on the A48 (Pensarn, Carmarthen)
“Clearly, this irresponsible and risky driving is putting our key workers at risk along with members of the public who are making essential journeys to assist loved ones, attend work and keep the country going during the international crisis.
“Now, more than ever, it is essential that we ensure we don't see an increase in collisions or injuries. Any collision now would place an additional burden on the NHS to deal with casualties, the Police to investigate and manage the collision, as well as causing unnecessary grief to families at a time when many find themselves separated for their own health and safety.”
GoSafe has a long history of deploying where risk is greatest and working closely with the four Police forces in Wales and the Welsh Government. The partnership is also able to respond quickly to intelligence or concerns on a local basis. During this time, GoSafe’s mobile enforcement will be directed by senior Police Officers in each force area, in response to their operational briefings, as opposed to being directed by GoSafe.
Fixed cameras have remained active throughout the pandemic to enforce in areas of highest road safety risk. Offences are processed at the partnership back office, whilst fully complying with social distancing. GoSafe is also continuing to receive and process reports of traffic offences through Operation SNAP
Teresa Ciano continued, “Whilst we are seeing a reduction of over 50% in the volume of traffic on our roads, it does not provide an indicator of driver behaviour. We usually see the vast majority of drivers and riders complying with the speed limit - it is only ever a small minority who do not see the risk they are putting themselves, and others in.
“We will continue to deploy our resources to the right place, at the right time, for the right reason. The world may have changed, but the speed limit and traffic laws remain the same.”
For more information and to read the statement in full, visit the GoSafe website.