Numerous cars pulled over during joint operation with the fire service

Police targeted the ‘fatal four’ driving offences with an operation in Combe Martin on Friday.

Working with the fire service, police stopped a number of cars to combat poor driving habits known as the ‘fatal four’ - driving without wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, speeding and driving under the influence.

Those stopped for using a phone or not wearing a seatbelt were given the option of a fixed penalty notice or an on the spot education session with the fire service to show the potentially fatal consequences of their actions.

A total of 17 drivers or passengers not wearing a seatbelt chose the education option, while one person opted to pay the fixed penalty.

One car was seized and the driver reported to court for having no insurance, no mot, no tax and two bald tyres.

One person was given advice relating to their manner of driving.

PC Chris Mannell, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Ilfracombe and Combe Martin said: “The operation was a great success and proves the value of the police and fire service working together to address community issues.

“The team will be returning to Combe Martin to carry out further traffic operations over the coming months. The education sessions delivered by the fire service advocate had a great impact on the individuals involved and will hopefully discourage them from repeating the offences.”