TRAFFIC officers from the Cleveland and Durham forces are taking part in a Europe-wide speed enforcement campaign.

Extra patrols will be carrying out speed checks at various hotspots from Monday in a bid to cut road deaths.

The week-long campaign is being co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) and supports the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) roads policing strategy.

Crews will be carrying out checks at areas which are already the subject of local speeding complaints or concerns.

Every day on roads in the UK an average of five people die and 65 are seriously injured in collisions where excess or inappropriate speed is a major factor.

"Driving too fast, or at an inappropriate speed remains a major factor in many road traffic collisions," said Inspector Ed Turner, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit. "It is an issue we tackle throughout the year, but operations such as this should remind motorists they stand a high risk of being caught if they choose to drive recklessly on the roads in County Durham, Darlington or Cleveland."