Man Caught Driving 130 MPH To Avoid 'Catching Coronavirus'

A man caught driving at 130 mph on a motorway in Surrey in the U.K. said he was trying to avoid catching coronavirus, police have revealed.

Officers stopped the driver on the M25 road on Tuesday.

Police described the incident on Twitter, posting: "An officer stopped a driver who was speeding on the #M25 at 130mph.

"His reply to why he was speeding was 'I thought the faster I went the less chance I would catch coronavirus'. Driver reported to court. #slowdown."

Incidents of speeding have become more common as a result of the quieter roads around the U.K. during the lockdown.

The British government has banned all non-essential travel as part of the strict measures put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus, but some people are flouting the rules.

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A speed camera on the M25 motorway in Surrey, UK David Potter/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images

Last month, a driver made a 220-mile round trip across the UK to collect some windows he bought for £15 on eBay, despite the coronavirus lockdown.

The man was stopped by police as he drove from Coventry to Salford. Officers who discovered his wife was in the trunk because there wasn't enough room for her to sit in the car.

North West Motorway Police tweeted details of the incident on Sunday afternoon, posting: "A driver has traveled from Coventry to Salford to collect a £15 eBay purchase of windows.

"His wife could not fit in the vehicle so she was traveling in the boot for the return journey when stopped on the M6 Cheshire. The driver was given a TOR [traffic offense report] for the offense."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered people to only leave their homes for "very limited purposes" and has banned public gatherings of more than two people. People are only allowed outside to buy essential goods such as food, medical needs or to exercise once a day.

The general public has also been asked not to socialize with people outside their homes and to avoid visiting other people's houses.

Every citizen must comply with these new measures and the police have been given powers to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.
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