Northumbria Police catch 1,000 drivers speeding in just one week

Nearly 1,000 motorists have been caught speeding in the first week of a national crackdown by Northumbria police.

There has been an increase in the number of mobile speed camera vans and an increase in targeted traffic patrols as part of a national speeding operation led by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC).

The 1,000 motorists caught breaking the speed limit includes both car drivers and motorcycle riders. Police say those on motorcyclists were among the "worst offenders".

82mph

One vehicle was traveling this speed in a 30mph zone.

96mph

One vehicle was traveling this speed in a 50mph zone.

We know that some of the lockdown restrictions will be eased next week and that could lead to a further increase of traffic on the roads.“In recent weeks we have seen an increase in the average speed of motorists due to the quieter roads but that can’t continue.“We have been stepping up our enforcement activity and the fact that nearly 1,000 people have been caught speeding shows why it is so important.“These are both car drivers and motorcyclists with some issued with warnings and others handed a fixed penalty notice or summonsed to court.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison

The NPCC speeding operation was launched on May 18 and involves increased enforcement activity that will last until June 7.