Police in month-long blitz on drivers who flout the law

POLICE are mounting another Operation Vortex campaign to promote road safety by targeting motorists who flout road traffic laws in the region. A dedicated team of officers will be carrying out patrols in unmarked vehicles and an unmarked motorcycle acros

POLICE are mounting another Operation Vortex campaign to promote road safety by targeting motorists who flout road traffic laws in the region.A dedicated team of officers will be carrying out patrols in unmarked vehicles and an unmarked motorcycle across the Force throughout April in a concerted effort to improve the behaviour of motorists.Video recording equipment will be used to catch those who break the law and put lives in danger. Inspector Richard Pryce, of the Force's Roads Policing Unit, said: "The three previous operations have contributed to some significant reductions in the number of road casualties and we hope to repeat that success."However, we are not complacent. The numbers that continue to be killed on our roads remains completely unacceptable and firm action has to be taken. "There continues to be a certain element among drivers whose attitude to using the roads is often arrogant. High speeds, coupled with this sort of driving attitude, can result in catastrophic consequences. We intend to act robustly to make our roads a safer place. "This is about taking the initiative with a dedicated team of officers who will be positively focused on enforcing road traffic laws. We are putting resources at their disposal to ensure they see what the average motorist sees and not what is normally seen in a fully marked-up patrol car. "The law-abiding motorist has nothing to fear in this. However, those who disregard the laws of the road should think very carefully about their driving, as they have everything to lose. We are continuing the step change in the way we are tackling road safety and enforcement."Motor Patrol Sergeant Phillip Grigg, from Camborne Roads Policing Unit who will lead the team, said, "The unmarked vehicles will work as a group focusing their activities together on specific sections of road and in various towns across the Force area. There is a much greater chance that anyone who has a complacent attitude towards their driving or displays arrogance towards road traffic laws will be caught and have to face the consequences."Those caught speeding may face anything from a fixed-penalty ticket to a court appearance and possible imprisonment, depending on the seriousness of the offence.The team will be patrolling many routes across the whole of Devon and Cornwall, including the M5, A30, A38, A380 and A361 during the month-long campaign.Insp Pryce added, "To reduce deaths on our roads it is vital we improve driver behaviour. We want to make the roads safer and we will target those who break the law. A driving licence is a privilege and not a right. If you don't respect that, the privilege can be taken away.


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