Northumbria Police say speeding motorists are "putting the lives of vulnerable road users at risk" and that they're backing a national campaign to tackle the problem.
Figures show the number of cyclists has doubled since lockdown began and more people are starting to use their cars again.
Northumbria Police is supporting a speed enforcement operation launched by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC).
Motorists can expect an increase in mobile speed camera vans and targeted patrols in locations deemed problem areas.
Speed camera vans have captured some motorists travelling at almost double the speed limit.
the speed of one driver on a 50mph stretch of the Felling Bypass in Gateshead.
increase in traffic across the Northumbria force area in recent weeks.
increase in the average speed of drivers since lockdown began.
The NPCC speeding operation will mean more police activity until June 7.
We are concerned that lockdown has seen an increase in the average speed on our roads as some motorists look to take advantage of low levels of traffic.
If anyone wants to report dangerous driving on our region’s roads than police say you can submit dash-cam footage on the ‘Report an Incident’ section of their website.