A targeted and major road policing operation has taken place in Cornwall to help ensure the safety of those attending the Boardmasters Festival.
Operation Allied Wolf, a joint roads policing operation between Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police took place on the 10th and 11th of August involving around 25 officers.
The Operation allowed officers to identify criminals who were making their way to the area. Police also targeted a number of driving offences including the fatal four causes of fatal and serious injury collisions. These are drink and drug driving; using mobile devices behind the wheel; inappropriate speed; and not wearing a seatbelt.
Officers also took action against drivers for a number vehicle offences including driving without a licence, Insurance, MOT, and vehicles that were not roadworthy.
The operation took place in the Newquay area and provided an immediate response to Automated Number Plate Recognitions (ANPR) activations from static and mobile cameras, to help minimise crime and traffic related incidents in the area.
Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, Head of Roads Policing, Alliance Operations Department, said: “This was an excellent example of how two Forces are working together under the Strategic Alliance to target criminals who use the road network to attend, and disrupt a well run and popular event such as Boardmasters – We had the drugs dog with us that allowed us to secure a number of minor drug seizures.
“We also used this opportunity to reinforce messages around road safety to drivers. During the two days, 15 cars were seized for having no insurance; 22 drivers were reported for no insurance and 15 for using a mobile device behind the wheel. Some of the officers involved are also family liaison officers, who have to deliver that knock on the door that will change a family’s life forever. This is all the motivation they need to help prevent this tragedy happening to others.
“We were also joined by colleagues from the DVSA to target a number of commercial vehicles including buses and taxis. One example was a 90-seat, double-decker bus we pulled in which was so unsafe the door didn’t even close securely.
“Plus we had a number of drivers who had driven for excessive hours without a break. Tiredness can kill, and the consequences of a bus packed full of people crashing due to the driver losing concentration behind the wheel is truly concerning.”
Operation Allied Wolf meets with the national arm of the European Strider Project (TISPOL), of reducing harm and death on the roads by concentrating on specified offences.
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News