Falcon swoops on dangerous drivers

By Paul James in Emergency Services

A POLICE blitz on speeding motorists in the Newton Abbot area caught nearly 150 offenders with the new South Devon Highway giving them rich pickings.

And officers who nabbed the Formula One-like felons have promised not to let up in their attack on the racers.

They warned after the crackdown: ‘We will be back.’

The assault on road and vehicle abusers got into gear on May 29 with the operation codenamed Falcon.

In their sights were anti-social and dangerous drivers with the additional ambition of removing criminals from the area’s road network.

So far 49 offences have been detected on top of the 146 speedsters.

Falcon spokesman Sgt John Henley said: ‘A recent day of action on the South Devon Highway

was designed to target those choosing to flaunt the speed limits along this stretch of road which we understand is causing a lot of concern within the local community.

‘This day has been a great success and there will be more to follow. We would like to urge drivers to be mindful of speed limits when driving as excessive speed is one of the driving behaviours which most commonly leads to collisions which cause death or serious injury.’

Offences detected and penalties meted out included:

* Fixed penalties for speeding at 66mph and 70mph on South Devon Highway, and a fixed penalty for having no insurance, and a car seized in Newton Abbot.

* One driver was reported for having no insurance and no valid MOT and their car was seized.

Police warnings were given for undertaking on the A380 as well as anti-social driving in Sainsbury’s car park at Penn Inn, a contentious issue which featured in the Mid-Devon Advertiser two weeks

Sgt Henley added: ‘We would like to remind everyone in our local communities to report dangerous driving or other offences to us through our local website page here www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-area/teams/Newton-Abbot-East/Overview or by emailing 101@dc.police.uk marked for the attention of Newton Abbot Response and including as much detail as you can.

‘It is these sorts of concerns and reports that have led us to set up Operation Falcon.’

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