Road users across North Yorkshire this weekend are being advised to be aware of a highly-visible police presence.

It comes amid concerns about fatalities on the roads this weekend if “horrendous” driving and motorcycling across the region continues.

With traffic levels rising as lockdown restrictions are eased, North Yorkshire Police is worried about the risk of greater casualties as more cyclists and pedestrians use the roads.

As a result, Roads Policing Officers and safety camera vans will be out in force across the region this weekend. They will be focussing on speed enforcement in communities where residents have highlighted concerns, as well as on roads with a high casualty rate.

Officers believe a minority of drivers and motorcyclists are exploiting quieter roads.

Superintendent Paula Booth said:

“Based on the incidents we’ve been dealing with, I am genuinely concerned we’ll be experiencing more fatalities this weekend. We really don’t want that to happen.

Superintendent Paula Booth

On Wednesday evening, a motorcyclist was clocked travelling at 63mph on the A65, through the village of Cold Coniston in Craven, which has a speed limit of 30mph.

Around 20 speeding offences were recorded within just 45 minutes at the same location.

Police recently stopped a motorists who was travelling at 132mph on the A19 near Thirsk.

Officers believe a minority of drivers and motorcyclists are exploiting quieter roads. Credit: PA

This week, North Yorkshire Police joined the nationwide ‘Slow Down and Save Lives’ campaign, which aims to ensure the safety of road users as more traffic returns to the highways.

As part of the campaign, officers across the country will be carrying out speed enforcement operations.

Superintendent Paula Booth added:

“Residents are scared for the safety of their families and communities, and we are intensifying our response to these road safety concerns,

Superintendent Paula Booth

On average in the UK, 17 people are killed and 126 are seriously injured every month in crashes where speeding is believed to have been a significant factor.