There was a fatal collision on the A689 between Sedgefield and Bradbury earlier today. Emergency services, including the Great North Air Ambulance, responded to the incident but despite their efforts a young male died at the scene.
Using a hands-free kit in the car can be almost as distracting as talking on a mobile phone, according to research by Newcastle University.
It's been illegal to drive whilst talking on your phone for almost a decade, but a road safety charity has found thousands of drivers in the region have been caught. Now they're calling for an outright ban, as Katie Oakes reports.
Imogen Cauthery was involved in a collision with a driver who was using a mobile phone when she was just nine years old, leaving her with a permanent brain injury.
She told ITV News that how she thinks drivers have a responsibility to always pay attention behind the wheel.
A road safety charity has found 20,000 drivers in our region have points on their licence for using a mobile or being distracted while driving.
Kelly Pattinson's father died in a crash, when the other driver was distracted.
Roz Cumming from road safety charity Brake warns drivers not to take the risk of using mobile phones whilst driving.
A new campaign's being launched today by road safety charity Brake urging drivers to avoid multi-tasking at the wheel. They are focusing on mobile phone use, saying phones should be turned off, or put in the boot.
A car and a motorbike were involved in a serious collision at Patrick Brompton near Bedale this afternoon. Two people have been taken to hospital.The scene is being investigated and diversions are in place.
Newcastle has the rudest drivers, according to a new survey by LV= car insurance.
Drivers in the city scored only 62% at indicating at a roundabout when turning right, placing the city firmly at the foot of the politeness table.
The observers found that female drivers were 5% more likely to indicate at a roundabout when turning right, 6% more likely to give way at a junction and 14% more likely to wait for a pedestrian to fully cross the road before driving on.
A total of 9% of drivers in Bristol and 6% in Newcastle upon Tyne were playing music at an excessive volume, while 7% of drivers in Edinburgh and 5% of drivers in London were observed tailgating.
See how other cities fared below:
- 1. Cardiff
- 2. Birmingham
- 3. Sheffield
- 4. Coventry
- 5. Glasgow
- 6. Nottingham
- 7. Bradford
- 8. Leicester
- 9. Liverpool
- 10. London
- 11. Bristol
- 12. Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh
- 13. Newcastle
Durham and Cleveland Police are taking part in a campaign to tackle speeding drivers. It begins on 19th August for one week.It is being co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network. Officers will conduct speed checks to improve road safety by detecting motorists who ignore speed limits.
Each year, around 35,000 people die on the roads of Europe. In the Cleveland and Durham force areas, the majority of collisions where exceeding the speed limit has been a factor have occurred on 30mph roads.
If drivers are caught speeding, they may be issued with a fixed penalty of £100 and three penalty points as opposed to the previous £60 and three points. Eligible motorists will continue to be offered the opportunity to attend a Speed Awareness Course.
– Assistant Chief Constable Sean White
“Speeding is an issue which officers deal with every day, up and down and the country. It is a key factor in collisions and so it is imperative that we ensure that drivers adhere to speed limits in order to save lives and prevent serious collisions wherever we can.
“The national increase in fixed penalty notices will hopefully make people think again about breaking the law. This can only have a positive impact and therefore lives will be saved on the roads across the country.”
– Temporary Chief Inspector Ed Turner, of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit
“As a joint unit we are working in partnership with our colleagues across Europe to educate drivers and carry out enforcement action against those who choose to drive above the speed limit.
“Whilst we want to educate drivers and work with them to highlight the dangers of speeding, those who choose to ignore the law can expect to be prosecuted for their actions. Drivers have a duty of care towards other road users and it is vital that we keep the roads in Cleveland and Durham as safe as we possibly can in order to save lives and prevent serious road collisions wherever possible.”
More snow is due later today so drivers are being warned to drive carefully.
North Yorkshire could get up to 20 centimetres. The snow is expected to arrive around the late afternoon. The Met office have issued an amber warning.