Police crackdown on anti-social driving in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 August 2018




Police in Exmouth launched a clampdown on nuisance drivers in response to residents’ complaints over noisy vehicles.

The recent police sting was in conjunction with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. Motorists were stopped at various locations around Exmouth, the seafront and Salterton Road.

Devon and Cornwall Police said nine prohibition notices were issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, one vehicle was seized because of the dangerous condition of the vehicle’s tyres; four penalty notices were issued for a variety of offences, and one driver reported to court.

Inspector Antonia Weeks, at Exmouth police station, said: “This was in response to concerns raised by local residents of excess noise and speed by vehicles particularly along the seafront and Salterton Road.

“As well as enforcement, officers took the opportunity to speak to as many drivers as possible to educate them about responsible driving and the possible repercussions of irresponsible behaviour.

“This was a successful police operation and one which will be periodically repeated.”

Eileen Wragg, East Devon District Council ward member for Exmouth town centre, welcomed the crackdown on nuisance drivers.

She said anti-social behaviour by drivers in Exmouth included noisy vehicles, inconsiderate parking, and reckless and dangerous driving.

Cllr Wragg said: “This news will doubtlessly be received eliciting smiles of satisfaction by some residents and visitors, particularly those who have been subjected to noisy engines, boom box music, and thoughtless, reckless, even dangerous motoring.

“Boy and girl racers - the disregard and lack of consideration of the younger generation - the groans have grumbled on for years.”

Cllr Wragg said motorists of all ages recently ‘quite deliberately’ caused ‘downright hazards’ to residents of Victoria Road and Mamhead View through inconsiderate parking.

She said: “Following the resurfacing of Victoria Road, the double yellow lines disappeared.

“Some drivers took full advantage of the demarcation and parked where the double yellow had been, up to the junctions of the service lanes to the corner of Mamhead View, ignoring the safety of pedestrians and other motorists, knowing that enforcement action would not be taken.

“The Highway Code, combined with simple common sense, assuming the dangerous parkers possess any, should have come into effect - but no, they flouted the law, knowing that no action could be pursued, while putting others at risk.”

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