Police ramp up speed enforcement in Powburn

Drivers passing through Powburn are being warned to keep their speed in check as police step up their camera enforcement due to continued excessive speeding through the village.
During October, 481 speeding offences were recorded through the village over a four day period.
Many of the speeding motorists were travelling at 50 mph or over in the 30 mph limit, with some even travelling at over 60mph. These motorists will face an automatic court summons.
The speed camera enforcement van had been deployed to the area by Northumbria Police in response to safety concerns from local residents and councillors about the high volume of fast moving traffic passing through the rural village which lies on the busy A697.
Northumberland County Councillor and local ward member Wendy Pattison has campaigned heavily for the mobile camera, she said:
“We hope that the increase in frequency of speed checks in the village will act as a massive deterrent and a clear reminder to drivers that they are passing through a residential area.  Reducing the speed of vehicles will greatly reduce the risk and severity of any potential accidents and make Powburn a safer place for everyone.”
Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services added:
“ Powburn is a speeding hotspot with a high volume of traffic,  including many heavy goods vehicles passing through.
“During a recent deployment of the camera van in the village a speeding motorist was caught every two and a half minutes. A quite alarming statistic.”
The camera in the van captures high definition video of traffic travelling both north and south and can capture vehicles from 20 Metres up to 1km away. It can detect speeding drivers, anti-social driving such as seat belt offences, those disposing of litter and drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel.

PC Burke of the Northumbria Police Camera Enforcement Unit said:  
The prevalence and consistency of excessively high speeds through this residential area is quite unacceptable.  Working in close partnership with Northumberland County Council and the local community, the speed camera van was agreed as the most effective resource Northumbria Police had available to try to tackle the issue.  The van will enforce within the village on an unpredictable basis with no discernible pattern so motorists should have the perception that the van could be there any time. It is hoped that this perception will make drivers think twice about speeding which will, in turn, make the road safer for not only themselves but also residents and visitors to the area.”
Pictured:  Neil Snowdon from Northumebrland County Council Highways dept,  Northumberland County Council ward member Wendy Pattison and Robbie Burn, Chairman of Hedgeley Parish Council
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