Police officers across Europe will participate in a week-long speed enforcement campaign which gets underway today (16 April).
Co-ordinated by TISPOL (the European Police Traffic Network), the 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.
The centrepiece of the event is a 24-hour speed marathon, which takes place from 6am on Wednesday (18 April) to 6am on Thursday (19 April).
In Durham and Cleveland, police officers will be carrying out a combination of enforcement and educational activity.
Chief inspector Graham Milne, Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “In roads policing we see speeding drivers put lives at risk on our roads every day.
“Speeding shows disregard for the law and a lack of consideration for the safety of others which cannot be tolerated.
“As part of our jobs we see the devastation left behind when someone is killed or serious injured by a speeding driver, and it is heartbreaking seeing those families having to try to come to terms with something that could have been so easily avoided.
Paolo Cestra, TISPOL president, says: “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 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.”