Police report more traffic on Northamptonshire roads - and more drivers speeding - as lockdown restrictions are eased

36 vehicles clocked going too fast on A45 as county starts heading back to work

By Kevin Nicholls
Monday, 1st June 2020, 11:04 am

Roads in and around Northampton were the busiest they have been for ten weeks today as people ventured out following easing in the Covid-19 lockdown.

Police reported increased levels of traffic on the A45 Nene Valley Way with staff heading back to work and some shops reopening their doors.

And the county's Safer Roads Team have been quick to issue a fresh warning over speeding as drivers get used to being behind the wheel again.

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One mobile speed camera clocked 20 speeding cars, 16 speeding goods vehicles and 11 drivers not wearing a seatbelt early on Monday (June 1).

That followed a weekend where one Colvidiot drriver was clocked doing 110mph along the same stretch of the Nene Valley Way.

A spokesman for the Safer Roads Team said: "Our first check this morning from an overbridge revealed a noticeable increase in traffic flow compared to last week.

"Please take care on the roads and drive within the speed limits."

Highways England traffic cameras showed more motorway traffic through the county today

Police clocked 653 drivers speeding last week, including nearly 300 in just one day.

The police spokesman added: "Thanks to the vast majority of drivers we saw last week who were capable of choosing a safe speed. Sorry to report 653 drivers across the county let the side down while 28 drivers thought it was a good idea to not wear a seat belt. The #SlowDownSaveLives message is clearly not getting through to some drivers

"One of our special constables stopped a vehicle on the A45 travelling at 110mph! The driver's excuse was "I was in a rush!

"Please drive safely and to the speed limits — they are there for a reason."