Northumbria Police has supported a Europe-wide campaign to raise awareness of speeding as the force continues to drive home road safety.
Between August 18 and 24, the European Traffic Police Network – TISPOL – co-ordinated a week-long speeding enforcement operation across Europe to take action against motorists caught speeding.
The campaign, which supports Northumbria Police’s Road Safety campaign Operation Dragoon, saw police forces across the continent working together to ensure action was taken against motorists who put other road users’ lives in danger by driving above the speed limit.
During the week, almost 2,000 motorists were caught driving above the speed limit in the Northumbria Police area.
T/Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “We’re committed to doing all we can to make our roads safer for everyone and we will continue to identify and take action against those motorists who are causing a danger to other road users. The simple fact is speed kills and the actions of one motorist driving faster than they should be can have a devastating and irrevocable effect on the lives of many more.
“Speed limits are in place for very good reason; the faster someone drives, the less time they have to react if something unexpected happens. The difference between a few miles per hour can be the difference between live and death.”
Members of the public are urged to report any speeding, dangerous or inconsiderate motorists to Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 and quote Operation Dragoon.