The behavior seemed to be so bad that the police built a new street crime team whose drivers were stuck at speeds of up to 151 km / hour.
Traffic on the streets of the United Kingdom has declined since the corona virus blockade began on March 23. However, the number of people controlled has increased by 57%.
This number was registered in Greater Manchester in the week starting March 30 (the latest information for available statistics). And although national figures are not so bad, average speed violations are still 36%, although traffic is estimated to have dropped by almost 75% to levels observed only in 1955.
In fact, some drivers seem to take advantage of empty roads and break the speed limit with an astonishing amount. Police reported one case of a Tesla driver driving 134 miles per hour in a 40-mile zone and another car chasing 151 miles per hour on M1.
It is tragic that eight people died in a traffic accident in London after the blockade, and the city police formed a new street crime team to solve the problem.
The GEM Motoring Assist Accident and Traffic Safety Organization asks drivers to monitor their current speed. Neil Worth, his road safety officer, said: “Police chiefs across the country share examples of surprising behavior from drivers who seem to use calmer roads as opportunities to overcome speed limits.”
However, according to Matthew Avery, director of Thatcham Research, not all accelerators deliberately violate the law. explained: “It’s much easier for drivers to underestimate their speed when the roads are empty and there are fewer cars to measure their own speed.
“Most drivers don’t try to exceed the speed limit, but might find that their speed is gradually creeping around the dial. It’s dangerous not only for drivers, but also for other road users – many of them are key workers who travel, to do key role. “”
The Road Safety Organization highlights the five-speed hazards that drivers must be aware of when driving during obstacles:
- High speed makes it easy to misjudge a road. When driving on normally loaded roads, you can underestimate the bends, parked cars or other vandal points.
- Reducing response time; Typical braking distances at speeds of 70 km / h can reach 96 meters. And vulnerable road users also have less time to listen and react when they cross the line.
- Wrong feeling of security; Calmer roads can put you in autopilot mode, where you don’t fully concentrate, which makes it difficult to act when something happens.
- Blocking accidents cause unnecessary strain on the police and NHIF.
- Even slightly exceeding the speed limit can be detrimental. If you hit a pedestrian at a speed of 40 km / h, you have a 10% chance of survival. However, if you hit a pedestrian at 30 km / hour, your chances of survival increase by 80%.