Speeding op catches 700 drivers in seven days

More than 700 speeding motorists have been captured on camera in a week-long operation.

A total of 737 drivers were recorded going "significantly over the speed limit" across the Durham and Cleveland Police force areas.

The seven-day crackdown started on 15 April and targeted a number of locations where speeding had been identified as an issue.

Mobile safety camera vans captured 541 speeding motorists.

Speed fears 'well founded'

Traffic officers using hand-held devices captured 196 drivers.

Depending on the speed they were travelling the offending drivers will be dealt with either by prosecution, given suitable advice or in some cases offered the alternative of attending, at their own cost, a speed awareness course.

Insp Ed Turner, from the Cleveland and Durham specialist operations unit, said the results demonstrated the need for the campaign.

He said: "We concentrated our efforts on locations which had been the subject of concerns or complaints from local residents.

"The results suggest their concerns are well-founded, as there are clearly too many motorists who believe they can flout the speed limits with impunity."

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