LONDON, England – Road safety advocate and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist in the UK is asking drivers to pay close attention to their road speed during the ”empty roads” syndrome – and it is equally important here in South Africa.
GEM says speed limits still apply; ignoring them is asking for trouble – both financially if caught and healthwise should your crash.
UK police have reported eight dead in London roads; many others have been seriously injured through speeding.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth told The Corner in a media release: “Restrictions on movement in the past three weeks have led to sharp drops in vehicle use but police chiefs across the country have been sharing examples of shocking behaviour by drivers who appear to be using the quieter roads as an opportunity to flout speed limits.
“Speeding increases the risk of a collision and serious injury or death. In today’s climate that puts unnecessary pressure on hospitals could potentially deprive a desperate Covid-19 patient of vital medical care.”
Some examples shared on social media:
A Mercedes followed by police on the main M1 UK north-south highway at up to 240km/h.
A driver stopped on the A10 in north London for driving at 96km/h in a 60km/h section – then caught again the next day on the same road at 108km/h.
So, here in South Africa… some advice from GEM…
Don’t rush. Leave earlier and ensure you have plenty of time, with no reason to speed.
Keep a close eye out for speed limit signs; watch for clues that the speed limit is about to change and scan your speedometer frequently.
Always ask yourself: ”Is my speed legal and safe?” After all, the speed limit is just that – a limit, not a target, and there will be circumstances when you will feel much safer driving below the limit.