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Northumbria Police join campaign to clamp down on speeding

16 Apr 2018 10:00 AM

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Northumbria Police is supporting a Europe wide speeding operation.

Officers from the Northumbria Police's motor patrols unit will be uniting with forces across the whole of Europe this week, by taking part in a seven day speed enforcement operation.

The activity is being coordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) and will run from Monday, April 16, to Sunday, April 22.

This operation is about raising awareness of the dangers of speeding, and reminding drivers why it’s so important to drive at speeds which are both legal, and appropriate. This follows on from the success of similar speed campaigns coordinated by TISPOL in April and August of 2017. In the UK these two campaigns identified a total of over 66,000 vehicles breaking the speed limit, which is a serious concern.

The week will see officers led by Operation Dragoon’s road safety team carrying out a number of speed check operations in key locations throughout our force area.  Mobile speed cameras will be located in areas throughout the week to try and identify speeding and dangerous drivers. These areas include active community & public concern sites.

Motor Patrols Sergeant Matt Sykes believes supporting this campaign in our area is crucial. He said; "Northumbria Police is committed to making our roads safer for everyone, and this operation is another opportunity to identify and take action against motorists driving above the speed limit, causing a danger to other road users.

"Excessive and inappropriate speed kills, the careless and dangerous actions of one motorist can have devastating effects on the lives of others.

"Speed limits are there to protect and save lives. It must be remembered that the limit is exactly that, a limit, and not a target. If convicted of a speeding offence then you could face disqualification and a fine of up to £1000"

For more information on the TISPOL operation, please visit https://www.tispol.org/ and for general road safety including speed http://think.direct.gov.uk

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