More than 600 drivers caught speeding in police campaign

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Drivers have been criticised for ‘not listening’ to police warnings after more than 600 were caught speeding during a week-long campaign in Cleveland and Durham.

The campaign took place from August 17, and particularly focused on rural roads.

In total, 618 drivers were found to be travelling over the speed limit, an average of 88 a day.

A similar campaign in May this year saw 607 offences take place over seven days.

Officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit carried out enforcement and education activity across both force areas.

Inspector Wendy Tinkler, from the unit, said: “It is always disappointing to learn that people have been speeding on our roads, and that they have not listened to our warnings about risking their lives and the lives of their passengers and other road users.

“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ main contributory factors in a collision in which someone is killed, so we will continue with these campaigns in order to protect people and to save lives.

“The limits are in place for a reason – we do not want to see tragedies occur on our roads.

“No officer wants to have to deliver the news to someone that their loved one has been killed due to a collision, particularly if that collision could have been easily avoided – had speed not been a factor.”