Police launch weekend blitz on the roads

POLICE will be launching a blitz on thoughtless drivers this weekend. Devon and Cornwall Police will join police forces around the country on Saturday and Sunday in a crackdown on motorists who flout the law and endanger lives. The majority of Special Con

POLICE will be launching a blitz on thoughtless drivers this weekend.

Devon and Cornwall Police will join police forces around the country on Saturday and Sunday in a crackdown on motorists who flout the law and endanger lives.

The majority of Special Constables in the two counties will take part in National Specials Weekend, an annual initiative to raise the profile of the volunteer force and recognise its commitment to local policing.

This year, police forces will focus on road safety and the main causes of death and major injury on the roads - speeding, the use of seatbelts, driving while using mobile phones, driving after drinking or taking drugs and on vehicles being left without insurance or tax.


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Specials, alongside regular and motor patrol officers, will be carrying out high-visibility patrols on the roads and on foot.

They will also target local road safety concerns raised by the public as part of the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) process, which enables people to tell police about the top issues that they would like resolved.

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Specials will also be assisting colleagues from Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Dorset Police to clamp down on criminals travelling across county borders. The Automatic Number Plate Recognition System (ANPR) will be deployed to alert officers to any crime that the vehicle or its occupants are wanted for.

Specials have the same powers as regular police officers. They are issued with the same equipment and receive similar training and give a commitment to a minimum of 16 hours a month.

Anne Hasyn, Special Constabulary Co-ordinator, said: "This weekend is an excellent opportunity to showcase the work of our Specials, who are an essential element of our police service, providing tremendous support and assistance during everyday policing and at major incidents. Their main focus this weekend will be on road safety concerns and they will be dealing robustly with those who cause danger on our roads, putting the lives of others at risk."

For more information on joining the Specials, visit the Force website at: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or email: specialsrecruitment@devonandcornwall.pnn.uk

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