Speeding Drivers Caught Next to Family Park

Police carrying out speed checks on a 30mph road next to a family park caught over 50 drivers speeding, with one travelling at more than double the limit.

Speed checks were carried out for 90 minutes on Park Vale Road, next to Albert Park in Middlesbrough, yesterday (Thursday 10th August). The 30mph road is where families can access Albert Park.

The checks were carried out as a result of a traffic survey by the local authority, which showed that 85% of vehicles using the road during the survey were travelling at 38mph or less, with almost 200 vehicles in any 24 hour period travelling in excess of 45mph.

Yesterday’s speed checks saw 53 drivers speeding in total, with 18 drivers travelling in excess of 40mph; the highest of which reaching 63mph and another driver travelling at 57mph.

Those people are now likely to receive a large fine and potentially a driving disqualification in court.

Acting Inspector Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “The results we found on Park Vale Road were disappointing. Speed is one of the main factors in serious or fatal road traffic collisions and yet some drivers were travelling at excessive speed, very close to an area where children are playing and could suddenly run out into the road.

“Some people seem to think that speeding is acceptable and a few of the drivers were seen warning others by flashing their lights. Whilst this may feel acceptable to them, I am sure that would change if the driver caused a serious or fatal collision at a later date due to their excessive speed.

“We stopped and spoke to drivers to get the message across to them that speeding has many more consequences than just points and a fine, in order to educate them to drive at the appropriate speed.

“Limits are put in place for a reason and we will continue to target areas that have been identified for excessive speed.”