Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Figures Reveal Worst Speeders

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Figures Reveal Worst Speeders

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Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com

SHOCK figures have lifted the lid on the North East's worst cases of speeding drivers.

In one instance, an out-of-control motorist reached almost 100mph in a 30mph zone in one of the most serious incidents of dangerous driving the region has seen.

The latest 2014 figures, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), show that one driver was caught doing 96mph in a 30mph zone beside Leam Lane in Gateshead Meanwhile, another was clocked at 103mph in a 50mph section of the A1 Western Bypass.

One of the more alarming statistics showed a driver caught at 94mph outside of Southmoor School in Sunderland - a 30mph zone.

The latest figures have led to a warning that speeding drivers are "playing with their own lives and the lives of others". Jeremy Forsberg, chairman of Road Respect in the North East, said: "These types of speed are a disgrace.

"We have always believed that public awareness campaigns are key to getting a road safety message over.

"There are between 60,000 and 70,000 people who have been through speed awareness courses in the region.

"But in some cases, like these, the only way to have an impact is through enforcement.

"What these drivers are doing is dangerous, it is wrong and it is criminal - they need to be kept off the roads."

Police today said anyone caught hitting these type of speeds would face the full force of the law.

Northumbria Police Motor Patrols Chief Inspector, John Heckels, added: "Motorists should always take note of the speed limit - they are in place for very good reason.

"The consequences of driving above the limit can have serious and often fatal consequences, even if it is only slightly above the limit. Driving too fast is reckless and can ruin lives.

"Anyone caught speeding will receive a fine - if they are continually caught they will lose their licence. …

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