TWO men from South Tyneside have been charged with road traffic offences in a police crackdown on dangerous drivers.
Operation Dragoon has been launched to combat motorists who put other people’s lives at risk on the roads.
To date, 15 drivers have being spoken to and 10 vehicles seized.
Eight people have been charged with a range of traffic offences.
These include Craig Thompson, 25, of Beacon Glade, South Shields, accused of dangerous driving, and Michael Lister, 22, of Longfield Close, South Shields, accused of racing on a highway.
They will both appear before Newcastle Magistrates’ Court later this month.
Motor Patrols Acting Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “People are being needlessly killed on our roads by dangerous drivers, and we will not stand by and let it happen.
“We are determined to take decisive action to deal with this issue.
“To lose a life needlessly because of the reckless and irresponsible driving of others is something we must stop.”
Last year, there were 384 serious injuries and 28 people lost their lives as a result of collisions in the force area.
Three of these fatalities were as a result of dangerous driving.
Further drivers will be summonsed to court for a range of offences including having dangerous modifications on their vehicles, careless driving and insurance offences.
Acting Chief Insp Heckles added: “I would urge anyone who sees dangerous driving videos online and knows who the offenders are or anyone who perhaps knows of someone who is a dangerous driver to pass this information on to us.
“Those found putting lives at risk on the roads face being arrested, having their homes searched and their vehicles seized.”
To pass on information about dangerous drivers, contact Motor Patrols officers on 101 ext 69191 quoting ‘Operation Dragoon’.