POLICE are warning of the dangers of speeding as part of a week-long campaign in Cleveland and Durham.
Last year there were 14,958 speeding offences detected throughout Cleveland and Durham, and police say travelling at even just a few miles over the speed limit can be deadly.
The scheme, which is part of a Europe-wide speed campaign, will see officers conduct high-profile and static speed checks across both force areas until Sunday.
Acting Chief Inspector Mark Pitt, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Speed limits are put in place for a reason; to protect pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and other road users.
“Speeding remains one of the four main factors in serious or fatal collisions.”
Driving at 35mph as opposed to 30mph can mean that a vehicle can take a further 18ft to come to a stop, and higher speeds also dramatically increase the chances of those involved in a collision being killed or seriously injured.
Officers from the collision investigation unit are able to investigate the speed at which a vehicle collides with another vehicle, or a person, and those who are found to have ignored the law will be prosecuted.
Around two thirds of collisions take place on roads with a speed limit of 30mph or less, which are often residential areas where children live.
Acting Chief Insp Pitt added: “The lighter nights and improving weather conditions will mean that children will be out playing later into the evening, which makes it even more pertinent that people keep a close eye on their speed and stick to the limits.”
Speeding currently carries a minimum penalty of £100 fine and three penalty point.
Drivers face disqualification should they build up 12 or more penalty points within a three-year period.