A speed camera van is set to be deployed at one of the busiest stretches of the A1 – after police reduced speeding by 20 per cent at a notorious accident blackspot.
Northumbria Police deployed their mobile speed camera in Northumberland earlier this year after a number of accidents on the 70mph road near the village of Felton.
In the first day of enforcement 66 motorists were recorded exceeding the speed limit, including three vehicles travelling at more than 100mph.
After months of deploying the speed camera van in the area, the Force revealed they had reduced the number of speeding drivers by 20 per cent
And now the camera van is set to deploy on other areas of the A1 – starting with the 50mph stretch of road between Birtley and the Metro Centre in Gateshead.
The enforcement activity will begin in the coming days after complaints from concerned members of the public were supported by accident statistics and speed survey data showing excessive speeding.
PC Peter Burke, of Northumbria’s Camera Enforcement Unit, said drivers were being informed of the enforcement in advance as the Force’s priority is to “save lives”.
He said: “In the last three years there have been almost a hundred accidents that have resulted in a person being injured on this stretch of road.
“The 50mph limit has been set by Highways England and speed surveys show this limit is being routinely ignored by drivers.
“We have also had numerous reports to us from members of the public and it would be incomprehensible for us to ignore what is happening there.
“Our motivation is to reduce speeding and keep our roads safe. We know that this tactic works and the results of our enforcement in Felton demonstrate just that.
“There are often comments about the process being a money making venture but this is categorically not the case.
“The reason we are informing people that enforcement activity is about to commence is to try to get them to slow down even before the enforcement begins.
“If we can achieve this and reduce the speeds on that section of road then we are more likely to prevent accidents and injuries as a consequence.
“I would like to emphasise that most road users on this section of road comply with the limit and I would like to thank them for doing so.
“But driving at nearly twice the speed limit puts lives at risk and if you ignore these warnings then you could find yourself before the courts.”
Anyone who wants to report illegal activity on the roads can do so by contacting 101 or sending in dashcam footage on the Northumbria Police website.