Northumbria Police deploy speed cameras on hundreds more streets after increase in road deaths

Speed cameras are to be deployed on hundreds of new streets to meet community concerns after road fatalities reached their highest level for a decade.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 12:48 pm

Northumbria Police have launched Operation Modero on Tuesday, August 11, as part of the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative (NSRI).

It will enable residents with speeding concerns in their neighbourhood to contact the force to request cameras.

The roads will still need to meet some criteria although the police say the operation will lead to “a huge increase in the areas where the vans will be deployed”.

Speed cameras are going to be placed in hundreds of new locations across the Northumbria force area.

Sergeant Paul McIntosh, of Northumbria Police, said: “We often have residents contacting us about speeding in their community but often the road in question does not meet the criteria for the deployment of the van.

“The criteria were introduced to ensure the van could be deployed in areas where we could evidence that speeding was leading to an increase in collisions.

“But many residents complained that authorities were waiting for a serious or fatal collision to take place before we carried out enforcement on their street.

“This was never the case and where concerns were reported we would instead look to utilise neighbourhood officers and community speedwatch to affect driving behaviour.

Traffic officer PC David Smith, right, and Andy Waters, who is the interim lead for the NSRI.

“However, we have been reviewing our mobile van deployments and believe Operation Modero could address those concerned about speeding in their community.

"The deployments still need to be evidence-led and they will take seasonal challenges or changes in driving behaviour into consideration as part of a wide area enforcement strategy

“But this scheme will provide us with more flexibility and ultimately we all share the same goal – to reduce speeding and prevent those who use our roads from being injured or killed.”

Examples of new roads where the camera vans will park have still to be released.

Road fatalities across Northumbria rose last year to the highest levels since 2009 with 39 people killed compared to 42 a decade earlier.

Speeding concerns in your neighbourhood can be reported online on the Tell Us Something pages of the force’s website.

You can also upload dashcam or mobile phone footage of suspect driving.

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