A ROADS Policing Unit officer has hit out at people using the quieter roads as an excuse to break the speed limit.

PC Martin Willis also outlined that such behaviour could pile more unnecessary strain on the NHS and emergency services.

The officer caught multiple drivers breaking the speed limit on the M62 at the end of last week and over the weekend - including two doing more than 100mph.

He first spotted a white Range Rover going 105mph on the eastbound carriageway, at Scammonden, on Thursday.

PC Willis said: "The fact that the roads are more empty than normal is not an excuse to exceed the speed limit.

"If anything journey times should be easier to plan now, as there is less traffic on the roads, so there should be no reason to be in a hurry."

Another car was then caught breaking the speed limit on the M62, last night.

It was doing 102mph and was undertaking a "non-essential" journey.

A further three vehicles were caught speeding on the motorways since Thursday

PC Willis said: "Above all, people need to obey speed limits and all road traffic law and drive with care, as ultimately injury collisions are going to put more of a strain on the already stretched NHS and emergency services."