Driver caught doing twice the speed limit as part of Northumbria Police crackdown
A driver was caught travelling at twice the speed limit as part of a Northumbria Police Road Safety Week crackdown.
The force announced on Monday, November 16, that it would would be supporting road safety charity Brake’s annual week of action.
As part of Operation Modero, mobile safety camera vans have been deployed in direct response to calls from the community
And today, Friday, November 20, police have revealed 593 drivers were caught in just three days.
*A car was captured travelling at 60mph on the 30mph Burdon Lane in Sunderland;
*A car was caught travelling at 96mph and an HGV at 85mph on the same stretch of the 70mph A19 in Killingworth;
*A car was spotted travelling at 50mph on the 30mph stretch of the A68 at West Woodburn in Northumberland.
Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, condemned the irresponsible behaviour on the roads.
She said: “Quieter roads during lockdown actually saw a large spike in the level of speeding and we have seen more fatal collisions this year than we did in the previous 12 months.
“Every one of those collisions rips a family apart and robs them of a loved one. It is tragic but a lot of the time it is also completely avoidable.
“Speed is not always a factor but if you’re involved in a collision while travelling above the limit your chances of dying dramatically increase.
“That is why this type of enforcement is so important and we will not apologise for increasing the deployment of our mobile speed cameras.
“The speeds on display completely justify why this type of action is necessary and we need everyone who gets behind the wheel to show some responsibility.
Residents who have concerns that speeding is taking place in their community can contact the Force who could then deploy camera vans in their area.
The roads still need to meet some criteria but the new wide area enforcement strategy has seen a huge increase in the areas where the vans have been deployed.
To report concerns about speeding, visit the the ‘Tell Us Something’ pages of the Northumbria Police website.
You can also upload dashcam or mobile phone footage and it will be reviewed by an officer.