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 Police launch crackdown on speeding drivers


​OFFICERS are once again cracking down on speeding drivers during a week-long campaign across Cleveland and Durham.

The national campaign, led by the National Police Chiefs Council, begins on Monday, April 1.

Speeding is one of the main four factors which contribute towards serious or fatal collisions, known as the ‘fatal four’.

Throughout 2018, Cleveland and Durham forces found 31,520 drivers putting lives at risk by travelling above the speed limit.

If appropriate, those drivers caught speeding may be offered the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course which educates drivers on the dangers of speeding. Others may be fined £100 and receive three penalty points on their licence, whereas those exceeding the limit by a large margin may appear before the court.

Police will provide high visibility patrols which will include speed monitoring on roads affected by excessive and inappropriate speeding, as identified by local authorities and locations of speed complaints. Roads with 20mph speed limits will also see enforcement action.

Inspector Jon Curtis, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Throughout the year we look to educate drivers and carry out enforcement action with the aim of saving lives and preventing serious collisions.

“Each speeding driver puts their own life at risk, as well as their passengers and anyone else in a vehicle or pedestrians using the road. This is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. 

“As roads policing officers we see first-hand the devastation left behind by those who do not obey the law, and if our campaigns can save just one family from this heartbreak then they have been worthwhile.”