Police clock motorist going at 130mph near York – and fear someone will be killed by ‘appalling’ driving

A North Yorkshire Police mobile safety camera. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau on Twitter
26 May 2020 @ 2.46 pm
| Crime

Police have vowed to crack down on ‘appalling’ driving and motorcycling after a motorist was caught travelling at 131mph near York.

Officers dealt with a series of incidents around the city and county over the weekend.

Cars on the A64 near York were clocked at 131mph, 112mph and 108mph. Action was taken against all the drivers.

Motorists were also dealt with for travelling through 30mph residential areas at almost twice the speed limit.

And further afield, officers recorded drivers going at speeds of

  • 121mph on the A19 near Northallerton
  • 96mph in a 60mph zone on the A169, and
  • 109mph on Cross Hills bypass, in a 70mph limit.

Safety worries

Superintendent Paula Booth said: “While many motorists took our advice on board, sadly the standard of driving and motorcycling by a minority this weekend was appalling.

“On Friday we warned motorists that we were stepping up our response to the horrendous driving and motorcycling we’ve seen, and we dealt with a high number of significant violations this weekend.

“As traffic levels increase with some lockdown restrictions being relaxed, we’re concerned that someone will be killed if driving standards are not brought under control.”

She said police would continue this “robust approach until the issue of excessive speed and other motoring offences has been addressed and we see safer driving and motorcycling”.

“We will continue our high-profile roads policing deployments in communities, and on larger roads where speed and other motoring offences are an issue.”