POLICE in South Molton have been targeting rural areas in the district to encourage motorists to slow down, buckle up and belt up! Neighbourhood beat manager Julie Bradshaw and rural area PCSO Mike Livett were conducting a speed survey in Witheridge last

POLICE in South Molton have been targeting rural areas in the district to encourage motorists to slow down, buckle up and belt up!Neighbourhood beat manager Julie Bradshaw and rural area PCSO Mike Livett were conducting a speed survey in Witheridge last week following concerns raised by the local school and school crossing patrol."We have been made aware that a large volume of drivers are driving through the village at excessive speeds and our visible presence is designed to make sure the rules of the road are adhered to," said WPC Bradshaw."Anyone driving too fast has been pulled over and spoken to - and in some cases, issued with a ticket."Witheridge resident Mrs Legge said that traffic travelling through the village ignored the electronic speed signs."The traffic comes through so fast it's difficult to cross the road," she said."It's horrific and makes me so cross."WPC Bradshaw, who has been conducting similar initiatives in Filleigh and Chulmleigh, also said she and PCSO Livett had spoken to a number of motorists about using mobile phones and not wearing a seatbelt."We have taken similar speed surveys in a number of locations that have been flagged up by members of the public," she said."The message is simple: Don't use hand-held devices while driving, always wear a seatbelt, and check your speed."If there are any other concerns that people have in rural areas, please let us know about them," she added.