Northumbria Police overwhelmed by
support as force announces hundreds
of new speed camera sites across region
Northumbria Police has been inundated with support after the force announced hundreds of new speed camera sites across the region to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads.
Mobile safety camera vans are currently deployed at a number of designated sites across the county as part of the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative (NSRI).
These sites have met a number of criteria, including community complaints, speed surveys and a history of collisions resulting in serious injury or death.
But Operation Modero will now see the force deploy mobile camera vans on hundreds more roads across the region, even if the location was not previously a designated site.
The approach is based on the Road Safety Support ‘Raising the Game’ enforcement strategy model that was released to members’ last year.
In Northumbria, residents who have concerns that speeding is taking place in their community will be able to contact the police to request the deployment of camera vans in their area.
The roads will still need to meet some criteria but the new wide area enforcement strategy will see a huge increase in the areas where speed cameras will be operated.
The force made the announcement about the new strategy on Tuesday, and within hours NSRI had received scores of telephone calls and emails of support.
The force Facebook post alone attracted 1.3k comments in less than 24 hours.
Sergeant Paul McIntosh, who is leading on the introduction of the initiative, says it will allow officers to provide a better service to the community.
“We often have residents contacting us about speeding in their community but often the road in question does not meet the criteria for the deployment of the van,” he said.
“The criteria were introduced to ensure the van could be deployed in areas where we could evidence that speeding was leading to an increase in collisions.
“But many residents complained that authorities were waiting for a serious or fatal collision to take place before we carried out enforcement on their street.
“This was never the case and where concerns were reported we would instead look to utilise neighbourhood officers and community speedwatch to affect driving behaviour. “However, we have been reviewing our mobile van deployments and believe Operation Modero could address those concerned about speeding in their community.
“The deployments still need to be evidence-led and they will take seasonal challenges or changes in driving behaviour into consideration as part of a wide area enforcement strategy.
“But this scheme will provide us with more flexibility and ultimately we all share the same goal – to reduce speeding and prevent those who use our roads from being injured or killed.”
The number of fatalities in Northumbria rose last year to the highest levels since 2009 with 39 people killed last year, compared to 42 deaths ten years before.
It is hoped Operation Modero will help to address this issue by expanding the possibility of camera enforcement across the entire region instead of small, defined sites.
The NSRI, a partnership between Northumbria Police and the six local authorities who fall within the force area, will oversee the deployments.
The initiative exists to help reduce the number of people killed or injured on the region’s roads, and the primary method to achieve this is through camera enforcement.
This enforcement activity includes, but is not limited to, exceeding the speed limit, mobile phone offences, failure to wear a seatbelt, not being in proper control of the vehicle and disobeying a red traffic signal.
If you want to report concerns about speeding in your neighbourhood then please report it online at the ‘Tell Us Something’ pages of the Northumbria Police website.
You can also upload dashcam or mobile phone footage of driving you deem to be reckless or dangerous and it will be reviewed by an officer.
Pictured: Traffic officer PC David Smith and NSRI lead Andy Waters on Stakeford Lane in Choppington which is one of the roads that may now see the camera deployed.