Motorists are being warned to slow down before they kill someone on a busy South Tyneside estate.
During the last few weeks residents in Cleadon Park, South Shields, have been plagued with motorists tearing through the streets.
Someone will end up being killed if people don’t start being more careful.Coun Alex Donaldson
Coun Alex Donaldson, the ward’s Labour representative believes someone will end up being killed if people don’t start being more careful.
He said: “Residents are very worried about the amount of vehicles racing through the streets.
“It’s not just young people being foolish, it’s adults too, and they need to be stopped before someone gets killed, or very seriously injured.
“This is a residential area, there’s lots of children playing out and as the summer approaches even more will be on the streets, but they won’t stand a chance they way these cars are speeding along.”
The length of Quarry Lane means motorists can gather up speed, however there’s a number of exits to the street and Cleadon Recreational Park also runs alongside it.
Coun Donaldson said: “There’s so many exits and entrances to the street and, with the park being there, there’s often children darting back and forth.
“Last weekend we also had problems with a mini moto rider going along The Lonnen with a small child on the back of the bike.
“This has happened in the area before and it’s just stupid and unsafe, it needs to be stopped.”
It’s hoped a police initiative called Operation Dragoon, which will also see members of the South Tyneside Community Speedwatch team taking part, will help tackle the problem .
Operation Dragoon involves officers investigating and taking action against dangerous drivers with the aim of making the roads safer for everyone.
The scheme has already been operational in the Boldon areas, where speeding is also an issue.
Inspector John Smith said: “Speeding will not be tolerated by police, and the issue will remain one of the top priorities for the Boldon Neighbourhood Policing Team.
“We’ve already carried out some activity and there is more planned.
“We want to reassure local residents that we will not tolerate speeding and dangerous driving and this action should act as a warning to the minority who think it’s acceptable to break the speed limit and put people’s lives at risk they face being punished.”