Street racers and speeding drivers to be targeted by drones


London’s Metropolitan Police are to use drones for the first time to target dangerous drivers in the UK.

The initiative will see police using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to locate dangerous drivers and those who take part in street races.

It will be the first time that drones have been used to monitor ordinary road users and their job will be to seek out motorists who are speeding or driving dangerously or even taking part in a street race.

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If a dangerous incident is spotted by drone operators and observers, police officers on the street will be informed and be able to attend the scene and deal with the offenders.

The Met’s roads and traffic policing head, Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, said that drones are “one of many enforcement tactics being used” as part of London’s Vision Zero action week.

The aim of Vision Zero is to try and reduce the number of people seriously injured or killed in London by 65% by the year 2022, with the aim of bringing the figure down to zero by 2030.

Using the drones will hopefully “deter dangerous driving” hopes DS Cox, adding that the general message to motorists in the UK should be “drive lawfully, stay safe and keep a clean licence”.

DS Cox did also add: “deterrence is sometimes best achieved through intense enforcement and that’s what this capability enables.”

Motorists will be targeted by UAVs between 22 and 26 July in well known hotspots such as the A10 in Enfield, where eight road deaths have occurred in the past two years.

The UAVs are capable of detecting in the night and will be used at high altitude to monitor motorists without being noticed and at low altitude to deter dangerous driving.

“The focus will be on dangerous drivers who are racing and those putting their lives and other people’s at risk,” said Detective Superintendent Cox.



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