Why police will be increasing their presence on roads in Harborough and throughout Leicestershire over the next few days

“As lockdown eases further and roads continue to get busier, it’s imperative that everyone uses them safely and stays within the speed limits" said Leicestershire Police

Friday, 14th May 2021, 5:09 pm
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 5:10 pm
Police are to beef up their presence on roads in Harborough and throughout Leicestershire over the next few days as they respond to people’s worries about speeding drivers.

Police are to beef up their presence on roads in Harborough and throughout Leicestershire over the next few days as they respond to people’s worries about speeding drivers.

The special week of “road safety activity” will coincide with busier roads as the Covid lockdown is eased.

And the United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week runs from Monday May 17 to Sunday May 23.

Officers from Leicestershire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, Safer Roads Team, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and safety camera vehicle staff will join forces for the operation.

Jonathan Clarkson, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership spokesperson, said: “As lockdown eases further and roads continue to get busier, it’s imperative that everyone uses them safely and stays within the speed limits.

“With increased traffic on the roads and areas getting busier for the summer, Leicestershire Police will do everything in their power to keep communities and road users safe.”

The London School of Economics (LSE) has just analysed 20 years of collision data to help the Metropolitan Police more effectively prevent “road and vehicle-related harm in their communities”.

The LSE research shows that vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other powered two wheeler users are “consistently over-represented in all killed and seriously injured (KSI) categories”.

Early indications show these deaths and injuries are most likely to occur on low speed, local neighbourhood roads.

According to the latest casualty figures, some 173 vulnerable road users were killed or seriously injured on the roads of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in 2019.