Police caught almost 100 drivers every day during week of action in Cleveland, Durham and Darlington

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OFFICERS caught almost 100 speeding drivers every day during a week-long crackdown across Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington.

The Cleveland and Durham joint specialist operations unit (CDSOU) launched the operation on Monday, April 14 in support of a Europe-wide campaign aimed at reducing speeds and improving safety for all road users.

And in just seven days a total of 667 drivers were found to be breaking the speed limits across the two force areas.

One-hundred-and-twenty of those were recorded by officers out on patrol while 547 were caught by equipment used by the unit’s safety camera vans.

Depending on how far they were exceeding the limit, the offenders will either have been invited to go on a speed awareness course, issued with a fixed penalty fine or in the most serious cases, face prosecution.

Chief Inspector Ed Turner, head of CDSOU said; “The number of drivers caught speeding demonstrates that enforcement action remains absolutely essential.

Too many motorists are continuing to drive in an unacceptable, unsafe manner and putting lives at risk.

“Excess speed is one of the biggest single causes of all road collisions not only in our area, but nationally.

People in Cleveland and Durham can therefore expect to see more operations like this over the coming months.”