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 Project Edward weekend of action

 24/09/2020

Do you think 98mph in a 60mph is acceptable?
 
 
That was just one of the speeds recorded from a weekend of activity in the Dales.
 
 
Officers came together as part of Project Edward to tackle road safety.
 
 
Project Edward was carried out in Teesdale and Weardale with officers from the Road Policing Unit (RPU), Road Casualty Bureau, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, our motorbike section and even volunteers from Community Speedwatch all lending a hand.
 
 
The operation follows a week of work with the European-wide campaign Project Edward (EveryDayWithoutaRoadDeath), which aims to cut deaths on European roads.
 
 
Officers spent time speaking to the public and were also deployed to roads residents have asked to be monitored across the area such as Stanhope, St John’s Chapel and Middleton-in-Teesdale.
On the A66 at Bowes Moor, 30 drivers were above the 60mph with the highest being 98mph.
 
 
In Darlington Road, Barnard Castle, a further 14 motorists were caught driving at excess speed with the highest recorded as 45mph and 30 drivers in Middleton-in-Teesdale will also be receiving letters from the Community Speedwatch team.
 
 
In St John’s Chapel three local drivers were issued with Traffic Offence Reports, one for the use of a mobile phone and two for speeding.
 
 
Officers from RPU gave out six tickets for Fatal 4 traffic offences which includes not wearing seatbelts, speeding, distraction and alcohol or drugs.
 
 
Two vehicles were also seized for having no insurance.
 
 
A driver and his passenger were stopped and searched for drugs on the B6278 and arrested for several offences including taking a motorvehicle without consent and possessing cannabis.
 
 
Speaking about the operation, sergeant for Teesdale and Weardale, Angela Drasdo, said: “Road safety is such an important issue in the Dales and this was a weekend of coordinated action with officers coming together to not only tackle those who flout the law but also reassure residents that their concerns are listened to.
 
 
“Project Edward is about preventing road deaths. Since lockdown was lifted, we have seen more and more people going out to enjoy the Dales but we would encourage them to drive responsibly and considerately.
 
 
“We have seen some good results from this latest activity and we will continue to deploy regularly.”