A HALT on speedy motorists has been launched in an effort to clear the roads of rogue drivers.
The campaign, co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), will see officers across the region conduct speed checks all this week.
It is hoped they will improve road safety by reducing the risk of collisions and deter and detect motorists who ignore speed limits.
Police say speed is one of the main factors in fatal road collisions.
Each year, around 35,000 people die on Europe’s roads with excessive speed a major factor in a number of the deaths.
In County Durham, the majority of collisions where exceeding the speed limit has been a factor have occurred on 30mph roads, where going over the limit by only the slightest margin can be the difference between a person losing their life or not.
The campaign coincides with new Government legislation which will see an increase in Fixed Penalty Notices for some motoring offences.
This means that drivers caught speeding may be issued a fixed penalty of £100 and three penalty points as opposed to the previous £60 and three points.
Eligible motorists will continue to be offered the opportunity to attend a Speed Awareness Course as an alternative to prosecution.
Fixed penalties relating to other offences excluding parking, waiting and obstruction will also increase.
Temporary Chief Inspector Ed Turner, of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Whilst we want to educate drivers and work with them to highlight the dangers of speeding, those who choose to ignore the law can expect to be prosecuted for their actions.”