05/08/2019

Speeding Crackdown Launched across Cleveland and Durham

Officers across Cleveland and Durham are taking part in a national campaign aimed at tackling speeding drivers.

The campaign will begin on Monday 12th August until Sunday 25th August.

The last speeding campaign, held in January this year, found a total of 1864 drivers speeding in Cleveland and Durham, equating to 133 speeding drivers per day over the course of the campaign.

Inappropriate speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, 15% of all crashes resulting in serious injury and 24% of all fatal collisions nationally.

Inspector Jon Curtis, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “The purpose of this campaign is to target those drivers who commit speeding offences and put lives at risk. We want to inform drivers of the risks both to themselves and to other road users and educate them. The aim of the campaign is to encourage drivers to obey speed limits in order to reduce the risk of people being seriously injured or killed on our roads.

“There have been too many cases of families losing loved ones due to speeding drivers. The devastation left behind cannot be put into words and it can be so easily avoided.”

New legislation was introduced earlier this year across Cleveland and Durham, meaning that the ‘obstructing a police constable’ law also applies to civilian speed camera operators as part of the Police Reform Act.