POLICE have repeated their warning to motorists to stick to the rules of the road after a drivers in North Yorkshire were clocked at speeds in excess of 100mph.

Last week, a police safety camera patrol operating on the A168 recorded a car travelling at 132mph. Details of the vehicle were circulated to other units and the car was stopped by officers from a neighbouring police force a short time later. The driver was subsequently reported for summons for the offence. The speed limit on the stretch of the A168 being monitored is 70mph.

As roads in the county are quieter the police are witnessing a rise in dangerous, highly-excessive speeds. This is prompting North Yorkshire Police to repeatedly urge motorists only make essential journeys and drive safely and within the law, to protect valuable emergency service and NHS resources.

Police patrols and safety camera vans, which are operated by police staff rather than officers, have been used at key locations to prevent further casualties.

Andy Tooke, of North Yorkshire Police’s Traffic Bureau, said: “Some of the speeds we have recorded as the roads have got quieter are frankly ridiculous, especially at a time when people have been asked to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

“It’s unbelievable that some motorists are behaving in a way that puts more lives in danger at a time when NHS and emergency service resources are so vital.

“It goes without saying that if people stuck to the rules of the road during a time of national crisis, there would be no offences for us to enforce.

“We will not tolerate North Yorkshire being used as a race track, and we are continuing to target those who put lives at risk by driving illegally.”