Devon & Cornwall Police target motorists in road safety crackdown

Officers from the roads policing and No Excuse teams targeted ‘fatal five’ driving offences – capturing a total of 96 offences.

A Highways England unmarked HGV was out on patrol to identify offences with officers in unmarked vehicles shadowing it to stop drivers who were caught committing road traffic related offences.

The ‘fatal five’ offences include speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, being distracted at the wheel, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and driving careless or inconsiderately.

Between 7 July and 10 July 2020, the offences detected included 15 drivers using a mobile phone (three of which were HGV drivers), 35 drivers caught speeding, three people not wearing a seatbelt, seven careless driving offences and one positive breath test for being over the alcohol limit. One of the speeders was clocked doing 106mph and undertaking other vehicles in a 70mph zone.

Other offences included 18 vehicles having no insurance (13 of which vehicles were seized), no driving licence, no MOT (prior to COVID-19 exemptions), having an insecure load, tyre offences, cannabis seizures and driving with no tax.

Police Constable Sarah Harvey, of the Alliance Roads Policing Team, said: “It is saddening to see that people are still continuing to flout road traffic offences and demonstrates our need to prioritise keeping residents and visitors safe on our roads.

“Speeding and mobile phone use at the wheel made up a large proportion of offences, and these not only put themselves at risk but other innocent road users if a collision were to occur.

“With more vehicles on the roads again following the lockdown, people should take more care and check over their vehicles for road worthiness.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

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