Speed gun deployed to reduce road risks

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Police in South Tyneside have kicked off a new safety drive aiming to slam the brakes on speeding motorists who are putting lives in danger.

Officers were out in force in Roman Road, Croft Terrace and Durham Drive, in Jarrow, on Wednesday to monitor the speed of passing drivers – and send a vital message for them to slow down and stay safe.

They were armed with a handheld speed gunwhich was used to record the speed of drivers, which was then displayed on a screen attached to the roof of a police car.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Angela Lewis said: “We want motorists to mindful of their speed. It is easy to let the speed you’re travelling at creep up without noticing, but if you are driving too fast, this could potentially be very dangerous to other road users.

“Speed limits are in place for very good reasons and we need people to take notice of them and take notice of the speed they’re travelling at to make sure it is not above the limit. This is especially important in inclement weather and during the winter months when road conditions may be slippy and stopping times longer.

“Educating motorists about the importance of road safety and being mindful of other road users and the speed they’re travelling is absolutely critical in our endeavours to prevent reduce the number of casualties on the our roads.”