Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We'll Catch Speeding Drivers Even When It's Dark; Night-Vision Safety Cameras Help to Nab More Than 400

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We'll Catch Speeding Drivers Even When It's Dark; Night-Vision Safety Cameras Help to Nab More Than 400

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter mike.brown@trinitymirror.com

NEW night vision speed cameras caught more than 400 drivers in a week-long crackdown.

The four new cameras detected 106 speeding motorists in just 90 minutes near Teesside Park in April.

After that operation, the joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) launched a week-long crackdown on those driving too fast.

And in just seven days a total of 404 drivers were found to be breaking the speed limits across the two force areas.

The operation last month supported a Europe-wide campaign aimed at reducing speeds and improving safety for all road users.

Depending on how far they were exceeding the limit, the majority of offenders will either have been invited to go on a speed awareness course or issued with a fixed penalty fine.

However, seven drivers were going so fast as to receive a summons to court. The Gazette revealed last month that speeding is not the only offence that can be identified by the new technology.

The safety camera vans can also be used to enforce mobile phone offences, as well as catching drivers who are not wearing a seat belt - both of which also carry penalty points and a fine.

A spokeswoman for Durham Police, which is co-ordinating the speeding campaign for the joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, confirmed that the region's four new mobile speed cameras have the capability.

She said the cameras only take an image if the motorist is speeding - and are not "just used to catch drivers for these offences".

The new cameras replace the previous models which could only operate when there was sufficient daylight to capture vehicle registration details to the required level.

But its new cameras can operate in darkness, meaning they can now deploy to areas which have been the subject of local complaints regarding night-time speeding. …

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