POLICE are taking part in a Europe-wide speeding crackdown which launches today.
Traffic police from Durham and Cleveland will be carrying out extra patrols and conducting speed checks at hotspots across the force areas.
The campaign is being co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network and aims to improve the standards of driving and cut the number of road deaths, which stands at five a day, UK-wide.
The operation started this morning and will carry through until late on Sunday night, using a mobile speed camera enforcement unit.
Insp Ed Turner, from the joint operations unit, said: “Driving too fast or at an inappropriate speed remains a major factor in many road traffic collisions.
“It is an issue we tackle throughout the year, but operations such as this should remind motorists they stand a high risk of being caught if they choose to drive recklessly on the roads in County Durham, Darlington or Cleveland.”