Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is carrying out a second blitz on motorists who flout laws and endanger lives in a bid to make the roads safer. Police are looking to build on the success of their initial Operation Vortex, when hundreds of motorists were h
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is carrying out a second blitz on motorists who flout laws and endanger lives in a bid to make the roads safer.Police are looking to build on the success of their initial Operation Vortex, when hundreds of motorists were handed fixed-penalty tickets or dealt with by the courts for a variety of offences, including dangerous driving.A dedicated team of officers will be carrying out patrols in unmarked vehicles, including a motorcycle, along various routes across the region during March. The cars will have video-recording equipment that will be used to catch those who break the law. The team will be patrolling many routes across the whole of Devon and Cornwall, including the M5, A30, A38 and A361 during the month-long campaign.Around 1,000 motorists were stopped in the first Operation Vortex last November, with 728 dealt with for various road traffic offences: speeding, 425; driving using a hand-held mobile phones, 161; failure to wear a seat belt, 52; other road traffic offences, 90. During that month, there was a 13.6 per cent fall in all types of collision, a 16.4 per cent reduction in those killed or seriously injured and a near 20 per cent reduction in slight injury collisions, compared to the previous November.Inspector Richard Pryce, of the Force's Roads Policing Unit, said: "We will be continuing our tough stance against motorists who have a complacent or arrogant attitude to road laws. This kind of behaviour costs lives and is totally unacceptable."It was extremely encouraging that when we ran the first initiative we saw such big reductions in casualties and collisions on the roads. While it would be inappropriate to put this entirely down to this operation, I feel sure it had a part to play. We will be watching closely to see if the same thing happens this time. "Our message is clear. We are actively seeking those who break road traffic laws and they will be dealt with robustly."We are aware that some motorists will drive on their best behaviour when they see a marked police unit. We want to see how people drive more generally when we are not in sight. To a degree, using unmarked vehicles helps with that and provides a wake-up call to drivers, encouraging them to improve their behaviour all the time, not just when they see us. Law-abiding motorists have nothing to fear from our continuing efforts to improve safety on our roads.