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157 risky drivers on A379 fined, educated or off to court

Op Flagship 22 Aug 2019_seized for no road tax.JPG

No need and no excuse for excessive speed

In support of the National Police Chiefs Councils (NPCC) focus on excessive and inappropriate speed this month, Alliance roads policing officers from the No Excuse team, Road Crime Unit, Roads Policing Unit, Special Constabulary and the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership spent Thursday 22nd August patrolling the A379 between Dartmouth and Plymouth.

This resulted in:

4 vehicles being seized for having no insurance

2 seized for having no road tax, a further 5 were reported to DVLA for tax related offences

4 drivers were reported (given an “officer seen conditional offer” or “fixed penalty”) for having expired MoT’s

1 driver was reported for using a mobile phone whilst driving

1 driver was reported for failing to wear a seatbelt

1 driver was reported for not being in proper control of their vehicle

1 driver was reported for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

1 driver was found to have eyesight below the minimum standard required and was subject of an immediate revocation of their driving licence such is the risk they pose to others

142 motorists were found to be speeding with a variety of disposals being handed out including driver educational courses, fixed penalties and court summons.

PC Ralph Delbridge of the Devon & Cornwall Police No Excuse team said: “We will continue to ensure that our efforts are targeted towards those drivers who put others at risk. This road takes in numerous residential areas and has a mix of speed limits which are in place to help safeguard all those using the roads.

“If a small minority drive in contravention of the law they can expect our attention and if that results in a disqualification from driving through points accumulation they have only themselves to blame.

PC Delbridge continued: “Everyone should be able to use our road network without fear of harm coming to them. This is part of our objective in support of the Safe Systems approach to road safety, targeting the Fatal Five*. The A379 is a road we will be revisiting.”

The teams used a mixture of marked and unmarked roads policing vehicles and this has proven to work well in detecting offending behaviour whilst reassuring the law abiding residents of our presence.

Notable excessive speeds were:

Brixton Village, subject of a 30mph limit with 32 cars exceeding the limit and one car recorded at 50mph

Yealmpton Village, subject of a 30mph limit with one car recorded at 38mph

Billacombe Road, early afternoon, subject of a 30mph limit, two motorcycles and 47 cars exceeding the limit with a motorcycle and a car separately recorded at 55mph

Billacombe Road, early evening, subject of a 30mph limit, three motorcycles and 34 cars exceeding the limit with a motorcycle and a car separately recorded at 56mph

  • www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/on-the-road/the-fatal-five

Pictured: one of the vehicles seized for having no road tax.


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