VIDEO: Police concern after Lincolnshire sees rise in serious collisions since lifting of lockdown

Lincolnshire Police are renewing appeals for drivers to take care after seeing a surge in fatal and serious collision on the county’s roads since lockdown restrictions on travel were lifted

Flowers were left near the police collision sign, on the A16 at Calceby. EMN-201006-155035001

In June there were seven fatalities as a result of collisions in Lincolnsnire and, so far in July, the force has had to deal with seven people losing their lives on the county’s roads.

Lockdown measures relating to Covid-19 meant that less people were travelling around Lincolnshire which, in turn, resulted in fewer collisions. As restrictions have eased there has been a corresponding rise in collisions in which people have been seriously or fatally injured.

Chief Inspector Pat Coates explained: “It is not yet possible to say what caused or had an effect in causing some of these collisions because our investigations are still ongoing, but what we do know for sure is the devastating effect losing a loved one in a collision can have.

“We need people to take care on the roads. Lockdown measures have eased and we’ve seen traffic increasing so it’s even more imperative that people drive in a safe and considerate manner.

“We are doing all we can to try and make sure that nobody has that knock on their front door from a police officer who is there to deliver news that can change their life, and not for the better. We have invested time and people into making our county’s roads as safe as possible and we remain committed to doing all we can to make Lincolnshire’s roads safer.

“There are a number of factors which can contribute to incidents such as these and our Roads Policing Plan covers a number of areas where we need the public to help us and work with us to drive down these numbers. I encourage everyone to read our Roads Policing Plan.

“We continue to focus on the Fatal Four, which are identified as factors that can contribute to road injury and death. These are drink/drug driving, mobile phone use, excess speed and not wearing a seatbelt.

“We are of course doing all we can but we also look to motorist and road users to act in a safe and responsible way.

“If you have any specific concerns about driving or road safety in your community please do feed that into us via your local teams. Information and intelligence from the community will always be of benefit to us.”