Police are gunning for speeding motorists

Coun David Ledger is pictured with Acting Sergeant Melissa Hepburn and the laser device.
Coun David Ledger is pictured with Acting Sergeant Melissa Hepburn and the laser device.

A COUNTY councillor has joined forces with police in a bid to slow down speeding motorists.

Northumberland county councillor David Ledger has helped secure funding for a speed camera to be used in Bedlington, Stakeford, Cambois, West Sleekburn, Guidepost and Choppington.

The hand-held laser device, bought by a multi-agency problem-solving group including the police and local councillors, will be used by police officers wearing high-visibility jackets when operating the equipment to give motorists plenty of warning to slow down.

Coun Ledger, of the Choppington ward, said: “This device will benefit the whole of Bedlingtonshire and is available for use by the police around the clock.

“I regularly get complaints about speeding cars, and I wanted to try and do something which would make a difference to Bedlington’s communities.

“As someone who has been involved with transport all my life and experienced what it is like to be in a road crash – something which always sticks in your mind – I feel I have a duty to try and help if I can.”

Acting Sergeant Melissa Hepburn of Bedlington’s neighbourhood policing team said: “Members of the local communities have raised concerns with us about speeding motorists, and this camera is to be welcomed.

“Using it will give us the opportunity to speak to people about their actions and give us the chance to explain the dangers being caused by their actions behind the wheel.”

Road traffic deaths are the biggest killer of young people in Europe, with a pedestrian twice as likely to be killed by a car travelling at 35mph than one doing 30mph.