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Speeding drivers to be targeted in week long campaign

Speed cameras will be used to catch speeding dangerous drivers Credit: PA

Northumbria Police are taking part in 'Operation Dragoon' which is taking place right across Europe and will target speeding drivers.

The activity is being coordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) and will run from Monday, August 21, to Sunday, August 27.

"Northumbria Police has been fully supportive of the TISPOL campaign for several years now and we remain more committed than ever to making our roads a safe place for everyone.

"Speed limits and road restrictions are in place for very good reason, the faster someone drives the less time they have to react if something unexpected happens.

“Speeding is one of the main factors in serious or fatal injury collisions, involving motorists and other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. We’re committed to doing everything we can to make our roads safe for everyone.

“Northumbria Police is committed to increasing road safety on our roads and will continue to target those who fail to abide by the speed limits and deal with them by either education or prosecution.”

– Superintendent Sarah Pitt, Northumbria Police Operations Department

Excessive speeding is among the three road killers and is a leading cause of road accidents in young people aged between 21 and 29; with the majority of collisions occurring on 30 MPH roads.

The force will have mobile speed cameras out in so called 'hotspots' across the region throughout the week.

People who know that someone is a dangerous drivers or is drink driving are being encouraged to get in touch with the police - calling 999 if it is an emergency.