Putting brakes on dangerous drivers


Police are aiming to put the brakes on dangerous drivers with their latest operation.

Operation Dragoon is a direct response to motorists who are putting lives at risk on the region’s roads.

In 2013, there were 384 serious injuries and 28 deaths as a result of collisions in the Northumbria force area – three from dangerous driving.

The motor patrols operation will involve officers targeting those who are known as dangerous drivers.

Officers will also be using social media sites to identify, track down and take action against the offenders.

Among eight people charged with dangerous driving so far are Matthew Fearn, 23, of Bradbury Court, New Hartley, and Vivian Townsend, 21, of Sandfield Road, Cambois.

Fearn appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last week and was banned from driving for two years.

Motor Patrols Acting Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “People are being needlessly killed on our roads by dangerous drivers and we will not stand by and let it happen.

“We are determined to take decisive action to deal with this issue.”

He added: “To lose a life needlessly because of the reckless and irresponsible driving of others is something we must stop.

“As part of their regular daily duties motor patrols officers will be on the look out for cars driving dangerously on the roads.

“The public are our eyes and ears out on the roads and we need them to help us by telling us who these dangerous drivers are.

“Dangerous drivers run the risk of killing innocent people and it could be you, or one of your family, on the other side of a blind bend as they approach it at dangerous speeds.

“We want information from the public about who these people are so we can get them off the road.

“Anyone reported to police as a dangerous driver will be investigated and if officers have reasonable concerns they will be visited and spoken to.”

To pass on information about dangerous drivers contact Motor Patrols officers on 101 ext 69191 quoting ‘Operation Dragoon’.