Police are concerned that a planned relaxation of the lockdown rules next week will make it difficult to implement this weekend’s holiday.
Several forces have been criticized for the way they reacted to the government’s foreclosure.
Now the police are concerned about the dilution of the stay at home message combined with the good weather forecast and on holiday weekends will see a wave of people heading to the beaches and other places of beauty.
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With the good weather forecast this weekend, the police fear being considered as bad guys for the respect of the law
One officer said, “We are asked to apply the lock and we will again be painted as bad guys when we stop people from enjoying the sun and partying EVs with their neighbors.”
An officer told The Times, “There is some concern and frustration before the weekend.
“We have always said that we need a clear and consistent message from the government to the public, but there is now an opinion that things are being relaxed. Many people seem to have decided that it was all over.
“We are asked to enforce the lock and we will be painted bad again when we stop people from enjoying the sun and having EV parties with their neighbors.”
In addition to violating the rules of social distancing, the police also warned motorists against speeding during the holiday weekend.
Scotland Yard announced on Thursday that 10 people have been killed in traffic accidents since the emergency measures arrived on March 23.
The extreme speed imposed on London since the lockup had jumped 142% compared to the same period last year, police said.
Officers have issued more than 4,000 confirmations since the lockdown, compared to the same period last year by more than just over 2,300 – a 71% increase in speed enforcement compared to the same period in 2019 despite 40% less traffic on the road.
Detective Superintendent Andy Cox said, “The majority of Londoners have followed government advice and stayed at home.
“However, a small number of people went against the advisory and took the opportunity to abuse the least congested roads and drive at excessive speed and, in many cases, at extreme speed.
“In doing so, their actions increase the risk to their own safety and that of other road users and, in the event of a collision, can have devastating consequences for themselves and for bereaved families and friends.
“As we approach the holiday weekend, we urge drivers to only make the most essential trips and to do so in a sensible, safe and legal manner.
“In these unprecedented times, dealing with traffic collisions is putting additional, but avoidable, pressure on the NHS and other emergency services, who work on the front lines 24 hours a day to keep London safe. “
“Traffic officers continue to monitor the roads 24/7 and will use law enforcement against those who break the law. Our message is simple; slow down, respect speed limits, you are not only risking your life but that of others.
AA President Edmund King said, “It is likely that more drivers will exit virtual hibernation as discussions about lifting the lockout increase.
“It is essential that all drivers make sure that they and their car are well prepared for driving. The fact that there will be less traffic on the roads does not mean that drivers should view the roads as a race track.
“Indeed, rusty drivers should drive slower than normal, as our analysis suggests that 36% more people will be cycling, running and walking.
“The last thing unsafe and reckless drivers should do is put more pressure on the NHS, ambulance services and potentially take precious hospital beds.