Police catch 667 speeding drivers in a week

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cops catch 667 speeding drivers in a week Cops catch 667 speeding drivers in a week

A POLICE crackdown on speeding caught almost 700 drivers breaking the limit in just one week.

Officers and safety camera vans from the Cleveland and Durham joint specialist operations unit (CDSOU) recorded a total of 667 speeding cars – which works out at almost 100 per day across Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington.

The campaign was launched on Monday, April 14, as part of a Europe-wide initiative aimed at reducing speed and improving road safety for all.

Chief Inspector Ed Turner, head of the CDSOU, said: “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.”

In total, officers on patrol caught 120 drivers, while safety camera vans detected the other 547.

Those caught will either have been given a fixed penalty fine or told to go on a speed awareness course, depending on how far over the speed limit they were. The most serious cases may face prosecution.

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3:07pm Fri 2 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Ah, Cleveland. given the events of the past may one assume from this story that one of the top officers must be about to go on holiday and be in need of some extra spending money.
Ah, Cleveland. given the events of the past may one assume from this story that one of the top officers must be about to go on holiday and be in need of some extra spending money. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 24

3:47pm Fri 2 May 14

Homshaw1 says...

I think Durham police have lost the moral high ground when they turn a blind eye to their own officers joy riding at 140 mph.
I think Durham police have lost the moral high ground when they turn a blind eye to their own officers joy riding at 140 mph. Homshaw1
  • Score: 43

5:54pm Fri 2 May 14

loan_star says...

“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.”

Hypocrites! Only dangerous when its not coppers doing it then!
“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.” Hypocrites! Only dangerous when its not coppers doing it then! loan_star
  • Score: 29

6:18pm Fri 2 May 14

MWatts says...

"“Excess speed is one of the biggest single causes of all road collisions"

No, it isn't.. It's as simple as that really.

Excess speed does not kill - Inappropriate speed kills.

I do wish they (and quite a chunk of the general public) would get that through their thick heads.

667 caught eh, from that high figure you'd be expecting details of all the fatalities/injuries they'd come across this week stopping these evil speeders. Nothing mentioned though, odd that.
"“Excess speed is one of the biggest single causes of all road collisions" No, it isn't.. It's as simple as that really. Excess speed does not kill - Inappropriate speed kills. I do wish they (and quite a chunk of the general public) would get that through their thick heads. 667 caught eh, from that high figure you'd be expecting details of all the fatalities/injuries they'd come across this week stopping these evil speeders. Nothing mentioned though, odd that. MWatts
  • Score: 23

6:31pm Fri 2 May 14

tomtopper says...

If 'speed kills' then where is all the carnage of those speeders out there?
It's driving too fast for the conditions that kills, and that can be within the posted limit..
If 'speed kills' then where is all the carnage of those speeders out there? It's driving too fast for the conditions that kills, and that can be within the posted limit.. tomtopper
  • Score: 23

8:12pm Fri 2 May 14

BMD says...

It could be worse, if the Local Councils were put in charge of the speed cameras and the speed guns a lot more people would be caught.

But only if they could keep all the money generated by the fines!!!!

:-)
It could be worse, if the Local Councils were put in charge of the speed cameras and the speed guns a lot more people would be caught. But only if they could keep all the money generated by the fines!!!! :-) BMD
  • Score: 8

6:20am Sat 3 May 14

Jackaranda says...

tomtopper wrote:
If 'speed kills' then where is all the carnage of those speeders out there?
It's driving too fast for the conditions that kills, and that can be within the posted limit..
Correct, at 3pm you may end up doing 50mph on a motorway because it is busy, at 3am you may be able to do 90-100mph, the latter speed is not necessarily dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]tomtopper[/bold] wrote: If 'speed kills' then where is all the carnage of those speeders out there? It's driving too fast for the conditions that kills, and that can be within the posted limit..[/p][/quote]Correct, at 3pm you may end up doing 50mph on a motorway because it is busy, at 3am you may be able to do 90-100mph, the latter speed is not necessarily dangerous. Jackaranda
  • Score: 19

1:09pm Sat 3 May 14

bones26 says...

its a pity they cant catch some real criminals,thugs ,druggies ect out there in durham ,yorkshire and cleveland
its a pity they cant catch some real criminals,thugs ,druggies ect out there in durham ,yorkshire and cleveland bones26
  • Score: 12

2:58pm Sat 3 May 14

riversideboy says...

I see the police are having a go at the Boro fan for making a noise during the Hillsborough minutes silence, I agree with that, but without the police there would not have been the need for one in the first place.
I see the police are having a go at the Boro fan for making a noise during the Hillsborough minutes silence, I agree with that, but without the police there would not have been the need for one in the first place. riversideboy
  • Score: 4

1:48am Sun 4 May 14

snudge says...

nice little earner for no effort why not try that with REAL CRIME YOU LAZY LOT
nice little earner for no effort why not try that with REAL CRIME YOU LAZY LOT snudge
  • Score: 2

4:30pm Sun 4 May 14

hippyjohn says...

whatever happened to the police officer caught doing 149 mph
whatever happened to the police officer caught doing 149 mph hippyjohn
  • Score: 4

9:50pm Sun 4 May 14

behonest says...

They caught almost 700 drivers? That's an awful lot of tax collection.

How many of those 700 caused any harm - that will be none, then?
They caught almost 700 drivers? That's an awful lot of tax collection. How many of those 700 caused any harm - that will be none, then? behonest
  • Score: 5

3:38am Tue 6 May 14

SirLance says...

How many caught were 'travellers' ? I bet the cops didn't go near them!
How many caught were 'travellers' ? I bet the cops didn't go near them! SirLance
  • Score: 4

3:50pm Tue 6 May 14

locallad26 says...

Amazing how many people on here try to justify speeding. No one would be saying anything of the sort if a person was killed because a driver was speeding.

The point of the speed limits are to highlight what speeds are considered suitable for the road. Just because the roads are quieter at certain times, doesn't justify the speeding.

Whether you're doing 50mph or 90-100mph, you can still lose control of the vehicle. The extent of the damage is a combination of how busy the road is and what speed the vehicle is going.

Yes councils get the speed limits wrong, but it's rarely where the speed limit needs to be increased.
Amazing how many people on here try to justify speeding. No one would be saying anything of the sort if a person was killed because a driver was speeding. The point of the speed limits are to highlight what speeds are considered suitable for the road. Just because the roads are quieter at certain times, doesn't justify the speeding. Whether you're doing 50mph or 90-100mph, you can still lose control of the vehicle. The extent of the damage is a combination of how busy the road is and what speed the vehicle is going. Yes councils get the speed limits wrong, but it's rarely where the speed limit needs to be increased. locallad26
  • Score: 1

6:15pm Tue 6 May 14

jps101 says...

Locallad26 you are brave!
What it boils down to is they don't like being told what to do, and who cares about anyone else!

In saying that I did notice the Policeman in the Photo wasn't wearing Hi Viz and was partially hidden behind a parked car, the police always wear hi viz why wasn't he?
Locallad26 you are brave! What it boils down to is they don't like being told what to do, and who cares about anyone else! In saying that I did notice the Policeman in the Photo wasn't wearing Hi Viz and was partially hidden behind a parked car, the police always wear hi viz why wasn't he? jps101
  • Score: 1

6:02pm Thu 8 May 14

The Sleeper says...

It would be very interesting so see what would be the result of removing all speed limits ???

What do you think???
It would be very interesting so see what would be the result of removing all speed limits ??? What do you think??? The Sleeper
  • Score: 1

10:17pm Thu 8 May 14

spragger says...

and in other news the same 'ol Granny still cannot get anything done about the persistent & life wrecking ASB

Now, why can that be, ,

Boyz wiv Toyz
and in other news the same 'ol Granny still cannot get anything done about the persistent & life wrecking ASB Now, why can that be, , Boyz wiv Toyz spragger
  • Score: 1

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