Police start crackdown

PUBLISHED: 01:01 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

WATCH out, speed cops are about! From this weekend, you will be fined for committing any traffic offences no warnings will be offered, writes Becca Gliddon. Budleigh Salterton and its surrounding areas have this week come under close scrutiny from the p

WATCH out, speed cops are about! From this weekend, you will be fined for committing any traffic offences - no warnings will be offered, writes Becca Gliddon.Budleigh Salterton and its surrounding areas have this week come under close scrutiny from the police as part of a month-long zero tolerance targeting dangerous drivers.Two drivers were pulled over for speeding and warned by police. If they had been caught next week, they would have been fined on the spot.One driver was caught speeding through Colaton Raleigh at 47mph, while another was trapped driving at 57mph along the Exmouth Road into Budleigh. But, from this weekend, drivers caught speeding, not wearing seat belts, making calls on mobile phones while driving, or with un-roadworthy vehicles, will be issued with fixed penalty notices.Budleigh Salterton neighbourhood beat manager PC Kim Chapman said the scheme had been rolled out across Devon in an attempt to clamp down on anti-social driving.Cars seen with faulty headlights will be stopped - and passengers not wearing seatbelts will also be hit hard."We have been stopping people and giving them strong words of advice," said PC Chapman. "People think we are hitting the motorists again. It's not that - we are trying to make the roads safer."When a light bulb has blown, people know it's blown, but wait a week or 10 days before getting it replaced. They don't regard it as a safety issue. "But if you are driving down a country lane and you have got a vehicle coming towards you with one light, you think it's a motorbike - then you realise it's a 4x4. By that time it's too late - you are head on."The Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton road, East Budleigh Hill, Colaton Raleigh, the Broadway at Woodbury, Woodbury Salterton and Clyst St George were some of the areas where police have carried out speed checks."We found these areas were where people were driving too fast," added PC Chapman.

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