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Officers "disappointed" that so many are still flouting speed limits
A SPEEDING clampdown across County Durham and Teesside caught 283 drivers in just one week.
Police spoke of their “disappointment” that people were still flouting the speed limits despite the dangers.
Officers conducted highly visible speed checks, hoping to improve road safety by reducing the risk of collisions and deterring and detecting motorists who might be exceeding the speed limits.
Most speeding-related crashes across the region take place on 30mph roads, where going over the limit by even the slightest margin can mean the difference between someone losing their life or not.
Assistant Chief Constable Sean White, national lead for roads policing, said: “Officers have seen the catastrophic consequences that speeding can have for motorists, pedestrians and other road users and their families.
“Our priority is to keep people as safe as possible on our roads and to prevent these incidents from happening wherever we can.”
Temporary Chief Inspector Ed Turner, of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Speed is a key factor in many fatal road collisions. With around 35,000 deaths on Europe’s roads every year, many of them due to speeding, those drivers that do not abide by the law will be prosecuted.
“It is disappointing that so many people have chosen not to adhere to the speed limits and we will continue our work in order to reduce the number of serious casualties and deaths on our roads.”
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