HUNDREDS of dangerous drivers have been caught out by a pioneering safety camera in its first six months.
The digital camera – the first of its kind in the North East – was put up at the notorious East Boldon junction where Aaron O’Brien, 20, was killed in 2009.
The unique camera catches out drivers jumping red lights at the Western Terrace junction with Boker Lane and Front Street, as well as motorists speeding up to get through the traffic lights as they are changing to red.
Between September and February, 155 people were caught speeding and 244 for skipping a red light.
Speed campaigners today slammed those who continue to risk lives, by ignoring the rules of the road.
“The number of people being caught is still too high,” said Jeremy Forsberg, of Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative. “But we believe the camera will have the desired effect.
“We have always found that red light cameras are very good at stopping people running red lights, and at changing people’s behaviour, so we are hoping that as people get used to them the number will get less.”
The camera was put up after more than 500 residents signed a petition calling for safety measures to be brought in at the accident blackspot.
Mr Forsberg said: “The junction there was bad and one person was killed there recently so we felt it would benefit from the digital camera.”
Coun Donald Wood, who represents the Cleadon and East Boldon ward, added: “Anything that helps to save lives and prevent injuries has to be a good thing.
“It’s a very busy main road there, and people should not be speeding down there any way.”
In 2009, SAFC fan and demolition worker Aaron, of Cleadon, was killed when the van he was driving to work hit a concrete pillar at the Boker Lane and Front Street junction.