Drive to reduce speeding

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POLICE are taking part in a Europe-wide operation to target speeding drivers.

Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit are joining forces across the continent to try and reduce the number of tragic deaths caused by law-breaking motorists.

Each year, around 35,000 people die on the roads of Europe with excessive speed said to have played a part in many of the deaths.

This week will see high profile and static speed checks across the Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary areas.

Acting Chief Inspector Ken Cook, from the unit, said: “Speed remains one of the main factors in collisions, which can result in serious or fatal injuries to other motorists or pedestrians.

“We always seek to work with drivers across Durham and Cleveland, and that is why we are giving advance notice of the operation. However, motorists need to acknowledge they have a duty of care to all other road users.

“Those who choose to ignore the speed limits can expect to be prosecuted for their actions.”

Mike Chicken, built and natural environment manager at Stockton Borough Council and member of the Cleveland Road Safety Partnership, added: “We support the campaign, and while we as local authorities deliver a range of road safety education measures and engineering solutions such as speed humps, ultimately for motorists that ignore these messages there needs to be sanctions.

“Motorists caught speeding will face a fine or the opportunity to undertake training through the national driver offender retraining programme.”