The South Shields road where a motorist was caught speeding at 75mph in a 30mph zone

A motorist was caught speeding at nearly 75 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone during the first week of a new police crackdown.

The driver was spotted travelling at more than twice the legal speed limit in King George Avenue, South Shields, by Northumbria Police and was one of nearly 1,000 offenders across the force area.

The motorist was caught as part of Northumbria Police’s support for the ongoing national speeding operation led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

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A final decision on what happens to the driver will be made after they answer a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP).

A motorist was caught speeding at 75 miles per hour along a 30 miles per hour stretch of King George Road, in South Shields.

With lockdown restrictions easing and roads likely to become busier, officers have urged motorists to watch their speeds.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, the force’s chief inspector for motor patrols, said: “In recent weeks we have seen an increase in the average speed of motorists due to the quieter roads but that can’t continue.

“We have been stepping up our enforcement activity and the fact that nearly 1,000 people have been caught speeding shows why it is so important.

Inspector Sam Rennison has warned drivers to curb their speed as lockdown measures are gradually eased.

“These are both car drivers and motorcyclists with some issued with warnings and others handed a fixed penalty notice or summonsed to court.

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“We have also seen an increase in the number of collisions involving cyclists or motorcyclists and when these collisions happen at speed, there can be serious consequences.

“We know the majority of people are responsible drivers but lives are being put at risk by those who continue to flout the speed limits.

“It is our officers who have to deliver the tragic news to families who have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a speeding driver.

“These limits are in place to save lives and so we will continue with our enforcement activity during the NPCC operation and beyond.”

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The NPCC speeding operation was launched on Monday, May 18, until Sunday, June 7, and includes an increased presence of mobile speed camera vans and targeted patrols.

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