Darlington Police launch crackdown on dangerous drivers using pedestrian zone

Pedestrian Zone Northgate Darlington

Durham Constabulary has staged a crackdown on dangerous drivers using a pedestrian zone on Northgate in Darlington.

Following a number of complaints, special constables from Durham Constabulary will be out in force to hand out fines to drivers who continue to flout the traffic restrictions on the road.

The zone bans all motor vehicles except local buses, taxis and vehicles attending for loading purposes, as outlined by signs at the entrance to the road.

Officers made visits to the area throughout June to address the problem, which resulted in several drivers being stopped and issued with £50 fixed penalty notices. The same operation will continue over the coming months.

Paul Emerson, Traffic Management Officer at Cleveland and Durham Special Operations Unit (CDSOU), said: “Some of the drivers who were caught were local and some were visitors, but the main reason given as to why they were in the zone was that they were following their sat nav.

“This is not an excuse and drivers should not simply follow directions given by a sat nav, but take note of road layouts, priorities and restrictions which change all the time.”

He continued: “It is a busy area and it is unfair to make it unsafe for pedestrians and so we are urging drivers to be more mindful of their actions or they may attract a penalty.”

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Local Environment, said: “We were aware of problems in this area and I am delighted that the police are taking action to enforce the rules and make it safer for pedestrians.”

Source: Durham Constabulary