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Day of action on road safety in Torquay

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Neighbourhood team, Alliance Roads Policing and safety camera team respond to local concerns

Last week police units and partner agencies from across Devon converged on Torbay to take part in an intelligence led, high-impact community road safety operation.

Road safety operations are not always led by roads policing officers as it is recognised that neighbourhood teams can build intelligence and respond to local concerns, calling in police resources as appropriate.

This operation was organised by the Torquay Neighbourhood Team, and was designed to increase community safety by reducing the risk and harm caused by excessive or inappropriate speed, uninsured drivers and defective vehicles being used on Torbay’s roads during the busy holiday period.

Involving colleagues from a range of specialist departments, including Devon & Cornwall Police No Excuse roads policing team, the road crime unit, Torquay Neighbourhood Team and the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, officers used a range of tactics to target those drivers making Torbay’s roads a more dangerous place for everyone.

The operation was launched in response to a substantial number of uninsured drivers and public complaints of anti-social driving in Torquay and Paignton areas.

Torquay Neighbourhood Sergeant Gary Bunn commented: “Torbay is an incredibly busy place during the summer months, especially around the school holiday period. Dangerous, careless and anti-social drivers pose a risk to our communities which is simply unacceptable.”

“Torquay neighbourhood officers, supported by specialist units from across the force, have made significant steps to improving community road safety in Torbay, by intensively targeting those drivers who persistently endanger the communities we all live in.”

You can contact your Torquay local police here about road safety or other non-emergency issues about which you have concerns: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-area/teams/Torquay/Contact

During a four hour period on Wednesday 7 August 2019, the following offences were identified and dealt with:

Excessive speed x 58
Traffic offences x 13
No vehicle tax x 7
No insurance x 5
Intelligence submissions x 5
Vehicle seizures x 3
Arrests (drug driving) x 2


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