First UK lockdown led to a rise in speeding

28 November 2020 | David Young

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes reaction to government data that points to a rise in drivers speeding during the first coronavirus lockdown

First UK lockdown led to a rise in speeding

"This data confirms what we previously suspected: lower traffic volumes sadly led to some shocking levels of speed limit disobedience, particularly on 30mph limit roads. This dangerous behaviour unnecessarily put lives at risk during the first national lockdown when more people were walking and cycling.

"Empty roads should not be an excuse to drive dangerously and it would be frightening to think one of the legacies of the lockdown is a complete disregard for speed limits and other road users' safety."

Government data