POLICE are stepping up their blitz on road law-breakers in the region with another month-long campaign using unmarked vehicles, including a motorcycle, with video-recording equipment. In a further bid to cut road traffic collisions, reduce casualties a

POLICE are stepping up their blitz on road law-breakers in the region with another month-long campaign using unmarked vehicles, including a motorcycle, with video-recording equipment. In a further bid to cut road traffic collisions, reduce casualties and make the roads safer police yesterday (Tuesday) launched Operation Vortex, mark three. The Operation Vortex team will patrol in unmarked vehicles on various routes across Devon and Cornwall, including North Devon and Torridge. Video-recording equipment will be used to catch those who break the law. Officers will again target motorists who speed, use mobile phones while driving, fail to wear seat belts or otherwise disregard road traffic laws and cause danger to others. Police are looking to repeat the successes of their previous two operations, during which nearly 2,000 motorists were dealt with and some substantial reductions in road collisions and casualties were seen. In a slight change from the previous initiatives, the team will be spending several days off the main arterial routes and focusing their attention on roads in and around towns and cities. Inspector Richard Pryce, of the Force's Roads Policing Unit, said: "This initiative is all about preventing injuries on the road. Making our roads safer means we need to maintain our tough stance and deal robustly with those who show a complacent or even arrogant attitude to road laws. The results from previous operations are extremely encouraging. The reductions across the board in injury collisions have shown that there is a positive effect. I would like to see the same results repeated and if that means we need to use the threat of sanction against those who disregard road traffic laws, then so be it. "We want to give due warning that we are actively seeking those who have a complacent and arrogant attitude to road traffic laws and they will be dealt with robustly. Some may think it is unfair using unmarked vehicles. I would say to those that if you use the road respectfully and drive within the law, you have nothing to fear. If you are complacent and decide to take risks and put others in danger, you stand a much greater chance of being caught. It is unfair to put others on the road at risk through your behaviour. "Those who decide it is acceptable to use a mobile phone while driving, to speed, not wear a seat belt or drive carelessly will be challenged and dealt with robustly. All these offences increase the risk of being involved in a serious or fatal collision. Those who drive in a way that intimidates others need to be shown this is not acceptable. People should be able to use the roads without fear. We will use everything at our disposal to try and make our roads a safer place".