Six people are facing prosecution following a police operation on the North Devon Link Road to tackle overtaking on double white lines and using mobile phones.

Some of the fire service and police carrying out the traffic operation targetting the 'fatal five' in South Molton. Picture: Tony GussinSome of the fire service and police carrying out the traffic operation targetting the 'fatal five' in South Molton. Picture: Tony Gussin

South Molton police in partnership with the fire service, North Devon Council and South Molton Crime Prevention Panel have been carrying out operations in the area this week to target the ‘fatal five’ causes of road deaths.

On Tuesday between Aller Cross and the Bish Mill roundabout, six drivers were reported for prosecution and another eight received road safety education from the fire service.

Sergeant Ian Rowe said on Tuesday police had witnessed some ‘quite dangerous manoeuvres’ from Link Road drivers, who were reported for prosecution because of the seriousness of the offence.

He added: “If it’s a single offence and it’s not really dangerous we would like to educate as a priority, but we are not going to ignore something such as going over white lines in the face of oncoming traffic.”

Car drivers who have committed a traffic offence are spoken to by fire service personnel and police in South Molton. Picture: Tony GussinCar drivers who have committed a traffic offence are spoken to by fire service personnel and police in South Molton. Picture: Tony Gussin

Today (Thursday) Operation Layby shifted to the town centre for market day and 16 speeders were clocked with a speed gun, most doing between 35-40 miles-per-hour in a 30 limit and one was clocked at 45.

Seven others also committed traffic offences and fire service officers spoke to 18 drivers in total, highlighting the dangers of their actions and showing them a short film of the consequences to the victims in the event of a crash.

The ‘fatal five’ offences which cause most deaths and serious injuries on the roads are excess speed, not wearing a seatbelt, fatigue, drink or drug driving and distraction (for example, using a mobile phone).

Sgt Rowe said in some of the cases police would also be making follow up enquiries in relation to other traffic matters.

Car drivers who have committed a traffic offence are spoken to by police in South Molton. Picture: Tony GussinCar drivers who have committed a traffic offence are spoken to by police in South Molton. Picture: Tony Gussin

He added: “We were very pleased with the response we had from everyone we spoke to, who accepted the message we were trying to get across.

“We are hoping to make this a regular activity and our aim is to promote road safety and reduce the amount of collisions in the area which result in serious injury or death.”

Police are also keen to promote The Honest Truth and Learn 2 Live campaigns run by road safety charities and aimed at younger drivers.