The Cleveland Strategic Road Safety Partnership, which includes Middlesbrough Council and Cleveland Police, is supporting this major speed enforcement campaign, which is being coordinated by The National Police Chiefs’ Council.
The aims of the campaign are:
- To target irresponsible and dangerous drivers committing excess speed offences;
- To inform drivers of the risks associated with speeding, both to themselves and to other road users; and
- To encourage drivers to obey speed limits and drive at a speed appropriate for the road environment.
Between Monday, January 14 and Sunday, January 27, the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) will be carrying out a number of speed enforcement activities alongside its day-to-day deployments.
The Safety Camera Team will be using its mobile cameras to enforce the law and provide support to the campaign. The Team will be working with colleagues to ensure that a robust stance is adopted in order to tackle speeding offences across the Cleveland area.
A number of roads across Middlesbrough – in Acklam, Hemlington, Linthorpe, Nunthorpe and Stainton & Thornton – will be targeted for enforcement during the campaign. All of the roads chosen are subject to either a 20 mph or a 30 mph speed limit and have a history of speeding and speed-related complaints.
Councillor Lewis Young, Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “We work closely with our partners all year round to target speeding drivers. Campaigns like this help to enforce the law but also educate motorists and raise awareness of the dangers of speeding.
“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four' offences – together with drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt – which make it more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision.
“Speed limits are in place for a reason – the limit is set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road. We ask all road users to obey the speed limit and remember that it is a limit and not a target – slowing down could save a life.”
You can keep up to date with the speed enforcement campaign by following the CDSOU Road Safety Unit on Twitter @SaferJourney.