More than 60 drivers spoken to in stop check operation

PUBLISHED: 11:50 22 May 2015

Checks were carried out by police at Honiton Tesco as part of a drive to cut down on defective vehicles. PC Steve Lee with Tesco staff Michael Williams, Mark Dowell, Angela Lockyer and Naomi Curtis. Ref mhh 6528-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Checks were carried out by police at Honiton Tesco as part of a drive to cut down on defective vehicles. PC Steve Lee with Tesco staff Michael Williams, Mark Dowell, Angela Lockyer and Naomi Curtis. Ref mhh 6528-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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The activity was part of Operation Mascot, the rural East Devon policing sector’s initiative to tackle travelling criminals, address driving offences and improve road safety.

Checks were carried out by police at Honiton Tesco as part of a drive to cut down on defective vehicles. PCSO Steve Mingo sets his sights on speeding motorists. Ref mhh 6524-21-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonChecks were carried out by police at Honiton Tesco as part of a drive to cut down on defective vehicles. PCSO Steve Mingo sets his sights on speeding motorists. Ref mhh 6524-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Officers from Honiton Neighbourhood Policing Team, the Special Constabulary and a team of vehicle inspectors carried out stop checks in the Honiton area last week.

The move was part of Operation Mascot, the rural East Devon policing sector’s initiative to tackle travelling criminals, address driving offences and improve road safety. It was also part of a force-level initiative called My Red Thumb, which specifically targets the use of mobile phones whilst driving.

Two locations were used - one at Dunkeswell and one at Sidmouth Road in Honiton.

A total of 64 vehicles were stopped and the drivers spoken to. Out of these, four traffic offence reports were issued by police for excess speed, no seat belts and no insurance offences.

Inspectors issued six prohibition notices in relation to various vehicle defect offences.

Sgt Jim Humphrey, Honiton and Axminster’s neighbourhood team sergeant, said: “This is another example of the partnership work that the neighbourhood teams in

East Devon are constantly undertaking. There have

been numerous reports in regards to speeding and

antisocial drivers across the area.

“We are focusing our road safety efforts on dealing with those drivers who present a risk to both other road users and themselves. The reaction from local residents, particularly at the Sidmouth Road site, was extremely positive and we will undoubtedly be running further operations in the near future.

“Whilst many of the drivers received words of advice about extremely minor offences, where appropriate, enforcement action was taken with each case dealt with on its own merits.”


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