Drivers targeted over festive period for speed and impaired driving

In a police bid to check people’s driving over the festive period, it seems many people were in something of a rush. On 13th December Devon and Cornwall Police roads policing officers and partner agencies carried out Part One of Operation Logjam, during which 560 drivers on Devon and Cornwall’s arterial road network were found to be in too much of a Christmas rush. Part Two of Operation Logjam took place on 19th December across the force area, this time using the staff and safety camera vans of the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership.

Police report that 651 motorists were recorded exceeding the speed limit during the Christmas rush period. 121 of these were class restricted vehicles, such as delivery vans. One car managed 114 mph in a 70mph zone and a delivery van hit 84mph where the limit was 60mph.

Meanwhile, the aptly named Operation Liquor, a joint operation between the PRSP, Devon and Cornwall Police E section firearms officers and the No Excuse roads policing team, took place between 18 and 22 December.

The operation mainly focused on impaired driving during the evening and the morning after the night before around the force area, but equally, officers in the field were alert to Fatal Five offences.

615 speeding offences were detected, five drivers were dealt with for offences at the roadside, 54 traffic offence reports were issued which could see the receiving driver undertaking a speed awareness course, being given a conditional fixed penalty and points on their licence or facing a day in court.

Additionally, there were six positive drug wipes, the providers of which are currently released awaiting the results of their blood tests. Nine arrests were made for drink driving, on suspicion of driving whilst over the specified drug limit and driving whilst unfit through drugs.

Sgt Jon Kerridge-Smith of the No Excuse team said: “While there is still no room for complacency from either the police or the public, we are cautiously optimistic that of the breath tests we conducted, concentrating on the evening and morning after danger times, only 2 out of 166 were positive.”

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