Durham drivers fined in crackdown

Hundreds of drivers were caught speeding during a week-long crackdown across County Durham.

Durham Police said it was disappointed that 595 motorists were caught during the crackdown in August, despite being warned the campaign was taking place.

Those caught were either fined or given penalty points or both, police said.

From Monday, the force is launching another week-long crackdown, this time on those flouting seatbelt laws.

Insp Ken Cook, of the force's strategic roads policing department, said: "These are disappointing results.

"Despite having advised motorists of the campaign in advance as we always do, many simply ignored that advice.

"They are now paying fines and in many cases having their driving licences endorsed for offences which were completely avoidable.

"Excess speed kills, and we all have our part to play in driving sensibly to reduce the number of casualties on our roads."

Insp Cook said two people had died this year after being involved in crashes while not wearing seatbelts.

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