Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Deathspots

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Deathspots

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These are the region's worst accident blackspots.

Killer drivers have been flouting speed limits and taking lives on these danger roads.

The Chronicle can reveal the sites where more people were killed or seriously injured than anywhere else in the last year.

Now safety bosses plan to tackle the problem by putting speed cameras at the problem locations.

Jeremy Forsberg, of the Northumbria Safety Camera Partnership, said: "These are very dangerous roads with a collision history where speeds were high."

We tracked the number of deaths or serious injuries on the region's roads.

On the A1068 Fisher Lane at Cramlington, Northumberland, there were three people killed or seriously hurt in the last 12 months, as well as six minor collisions.

And we can reveal the average speed of all motorists travelling along this stretch was 54mph ( but the limit is 50mph.

And 15% of drivers are hurtling down the road at speeds of at least 62mph. There will soon be a fixed speed camera at the site.

The other roads on the list will be targeted by mobile speed cameras.

They include the B1297 Blackett Street, in Hebburn, South Tyneside, there were three deaths or serious injuries, along with seven minor collisions.

At least 15% of all drivers on the stretch exceeded the speed limit by more than 5mph.

Two people were killed or seriously hurt on the A692 Church Street, in Gateshead, where there were also three minor accidents.

Motorists' average speed over the last year was 32mph on the 30mph-limit road, where 15% of drivers sped along at least 38mph.

On Springfield Road, Newcastle, two were killed or badly injured and there were two less serious accidents. Drivers kept their speed down, with the average motorist sticking to the 30mph limit.

But 15% still broke the limit by at least 5mph. …

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