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Cars seized and arrests made during Devon and Cornwall Police crackdown on dangerous driving

More than 100 cars have been stopped in the first week of a crackdown on dangerous driving by Devon and Cornwall Police. Operation Vortex aims to reduce the number of accidents in the region by targeting reckless drivers.

In the first week of the operation so far, which began on Wednesday, May 8, officers have stopped 103 cars. In addition, 10 cars were impounded and 10 arrests were made.



Crimes uncovered by police so far include:

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  • 31 speeding offences, including two drivers traveling over 97mph
  • 316 x other speeding offences, detected by the Radar Unit
  • 8 x mobile phone offences
  • 3 x drivers driving while disqualified
  • 1 x driver not wearing a seat belt
  • 7 x drivers under the influence of drink or drugs
  • 5 x Carefree Driving Drivers

Motor Constable Richie Roome of the Alliance Roads Policing Team said: “The ‘Big Five’ causes of death and serious injury on our roads are careless driving, drink and drug driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (such as using a mobile phone). phone or tablet while driving) and speed.

“The ‘Fatal Five’ play an important role in the collisions we see in our force area. Our aim is to keep everyone safe on our roads by targeting drivers whose bad driving puts others at risk.”

Police said drivers caught committing the offenses could face a fine and points on their licence, a court appearance and even jail time for more serious offences.

Constable Richie Roome continued: “There have been a significant number of very serious collisions on the roads in Devon and Cornwall recently and unfortunately many of these have resulted in the tragic loss of life.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to take extra care on the roads; look out for other road users and consider how losing their driving license would affect them, their job, their family and their livelihood.

“Law abiding users have nothing to fear from this operation. Our sole aim is to deal with drivers who put other road users at risk and deal with them accordingly.”

Police added: “Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police’s Road Policing Unit and the No Excuses Team will continue to carry out patrols and observe driver behavior in unmarked vehicles in Devon and Cornwall for the remainder of May. For road safety advice, visit the dedicated page on the Force website.”