Road safety operation leads to arrests for other crimes across Devon and Cornwall
Officers from the Alliance Roads Policing Team at Devon & Cornwall Police are entering the second week of Operation Vortex, targeting drivers of all types of vehicles who disregard road traffic laws on roads across Devon and Cornwall.
Operation Vortex aims to reduce the number of collisions and casualties, by targeting poor driving as a result of the ‘Fatal Five’ which consists of careless driving, drink/drug driving, failing to wear seatbelts, using mobile phones (and other in-car distractions) and speeding.
During week one of the operation, that started on Monday 15 May 2023, officers stopped a total of 98 vehicles.
Six drivers were arrested for drug driving as well as seven people for other offences including aggravated burglary, kidnapping and false imprisonment. A total of 15 drivers have been reported for using mobile phones and nine drivers for failing to have valid insurance. An additional 30 drivers have been caught speeding, five of whom have been reported to court and a number of vehicles have been seized as part of the operation.
A team of officers will be continuing to carry out patrols and observe driver behaviour in unmarked vehicles across Devon and Cornwall this week.