Police crackdown on speeding starts.
The operation is part of an annual Europe-wide initiative to proactively reduce the number of casualties on the roads.
Extra patrols and mobile speed cameras will be used to catch out motorists ignoring speed limits.
Acting Chief Insp Ken Cook of the force's strategic roads policing department said: "Excessive speed is one of the three main factors in serious and fatal road collisions, along with failing to wear a seat belt and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs."
He added: "Losing a loved one as a result of a road traffic collision is obviously a tragedy for any family.
"It is perhaps even harder to come to terms with if it happened because the offending driver failed to abide by the speed limit.
"We would urge all motorists to drive in a manner which ensures not only their own safety, but that of all other road users." Last month across the force area a total of 602 motorists fell foul of speeding legislation and were either issued with a fixed penalty ticket, received a summons to appear at court or offered a place on a speed awareness course.
During 2009 there were 18 fatalities on the roads in County Durham and Darlington, the lowest since force boundaries were changed in 1974.
To date in 2010 there have been nine fatalities on the roads, with speed a significant factor in three of the incidents.
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Aug 21, 2010|
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