These roads will be targeted by police this week in crackdown on danger drivers

An operation will see traffic cops ramp up enforcement action on dangerous drivers on some of the busiest routes in the North East.

By Fiona Thompson
Friday, 11th September 2020, 2:49 pm

Speeders, dangerous drivers and motorists using their phone, intoxicated or uninsured behind the wheel, as well as those dodging their seatbelt will be among those to be target of Operation Modero, which launches on Monday, September 14.

The section of the A1 through Washington, the Tyne Tunnel and the A68 and A69 in Northumberland will be among those to be checked by Northumbria Police it supports a Europe-wide crackdown.

Operation Modero will see its Motor Patrols Department work with Operation Dragoon team, which works on road safety issues, as well as firearms officers, neighbourhood teams.

The A1 in Washington, the Tyne Tunnel and the A69 will be among the roads where motorists will be put under increased checks during the operation.

Its dog team and other specialists will be travelling across the region to help educate people on road dangers.

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They will be supported by other blue light services and the six local authorities in the region as they look to carry out enforcement activity in what has been described as “the largest and most diverse roads policing operation in recent years”.

There will also be a focus on the disruption of organised crime in rural communities in Northumberland.

Northumbria Police officers John Sanderson and Darren Lant will be part of the campaign.

Sergeant John Sanderson, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “We are always out to deal with anyone who breaks the law on our roads but during this week of action we have resource available from other departments to really crackdown on dangerous drivers.

“We are determined to reduce accidents and deaths on our roads and will be honing in on the identified roads to carry out enforcement activity using our mobile camera vans.

“We also want to raise awareness about the multitude of factors that can cause an accident on our roads, from drink driving to not carrying out proper vehicle checks before long journeys.

“We can all do our bit to make our roads safer and it’s about educating those who may behave carelessly on the roads to think about the bigger picture and the impact that their actions can have.”

A motorcycle safety event is to be held in Rothbury on Thursday, September 17, as part of their Operation Weekender campaign.

Anyone who would like to report motoring offences can report it via the force’s Tell Us Something page.

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