Hundreds of Drivers Caught Speeding During Campaign

A week-long crackdown on speeding drivers saw almost 80 drivers per day caught going too fast across Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington.

The Cleveland and Durham joint specialist operations unit (CDSOU) launched the operation on Monday, April 17th in support of a Europe-wide campaign aimed at reducing speeds and improving safety for all road-users.

And in just seven days a total of 557 drivers were found to be breaking the speed limits across the two force areas.

The total consisted of 257 recorded by officers out on patrol and 300 caught on equipment used by the unit’s safety camera vans.

Depending on how far they were exceeding the limit and the circumstances, the offenders will either have been invited to go on a speed awareness course, issued with a fixed penalty fine or in the most serious cases, face prosecution.

Insp Jon Curtis, from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said; “The number of drivers caught speeding demonstrates that enforcement action remains absolutely essential. Too many motorists are continuing to drive in an unacceptable, unsafe manner and putting lives at risk.

“Excess speed is one of the biggest single causes of all road collisions not only in our area, but nationally and remains one of the fatal four.

“People in Cleveland and Durham can therefore expect to see more operations like this over the coming months.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “Speeding is unacceptable and puts the lives of drivers and other innocent road users at risk unnecessarily. I support any operational and educational activity which helps reduce the numbers of those injured or killed by speeding drivers on our roads.

“I will be working with the Cleveland Road Safety Partnership to look at how we can plan and develop their future activities including work around prevention and further developing support for victims.”