Nearly 600 speeding motorists have been caught by police in the North East during Road Safety Week.

On Monday, the force announced they would be supporting the charity Brake’s annual week of action in a bid to protect vulnerable road users and encouraging cyclists and horse riders to submit footage of close passes.

But enforcement activity has also been taking place to reduce speeding in the region through Operation Modero deployments.

As part of the operation, mobile safety camera vans have been deployed in direct response to calls from the community about speeding.

One motorist was captured travelling at 50mph on the 30mph stretch of the A68 at West Woodburn, the force confirmed.

Other offences include:

A car was captured travelling at 60mph on the 30mph Burdon Lane in Sunderland

A car was captured travelling at 96mph on the 70mph A19 at Killingworth in North Tyneside

A HGV was captured travelling at 85mph on the same stretch of the A19 in Killingworth. The limit for HGVs is 60mph.

A car was captured travelling at 43mph on the 30mph Jesmond Road in Newcastle.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, condemned the irresponsible behaviour on the roads.

She said: “This week we have received some fantastic feedback from vulnerable road users who have told stories about how they have been put at risk on the roads.

“Quieter roads during lockdown actually saw a large spike in the level of speeding and we have seen more fatal collisions this year than we did in the previous 12 months.

“Every one of those collisions rips a family apart and robs them of a loved one. It is tragic but a lot of the time it is also completely avoidable.

“Speed is not always a factor in those collisions but if you’re involved in a collision while travelling above the limit your chances of dying dramatically increase.

“That is why this type of enforcement is so important and we will not apologise for increasing the deployment of our mobile speed cameras.

“The speeds on display completely justify why this type of action is necessary and we need everyone who gets behind the wheel to show some responsibility.

“Don’t be the reason a family are robbed of a loved one this Christmas. Respect the roads, watch your speed and help us save lives.”

Mobile safety camera vans are currently deployed at a number of designated sites across the region as part of the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative (NSRI).

Residents who have concerns that speeding is taking place in their community can contact the Force who could then deploy camera vans in their area.