Police officers across the UK are participating in a European-wide speed enforcement campaign which gets underway today (6 August).
Co-ordinated by TISPOL (the European Police Traffic Network), the week-long operation sets out to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and remind drivers of the benefits – to all road users – of driving at speeds that are both legal and appropriate.
As part of the operation, officers will use ‘a number of speed detection methods across all types of road’.
In Durham and Cleveland, police officers will use the week of action to highlight the risks of speeding – and encourage drivers to ‘obey speed limits and drive at speeds safe for the road environment’.
Chief inspector Graham Milne, Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Lives are put on the line every single day by speeding drivers and we see the aftermath of this as roads policing officers.
“The devastation left behind when someone is killed or seriously injured by a speeding driver is heartbreaking and it makes it all the more tragic when it could have been so easily avoided.
“Campaigns like these do make a difference.”
Paolo Cestra, TISPOL president, said: “We urge all drivers to challenge their own attitude to speeding.
“Anyone who still believes that speeding is a trivial offence needs to think again. That’s because excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.
“It is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death, and is the most important contributory factor to road deaths and serious injuries.
“All across Europe this coming week, police officers will be ensuring that drivers respect the different speed limits. In cases where drivers choose to ignore these limits, officers will take appropriate steps to enforce the law.”