Surprise at number of penalty tickets
PUBLISHED: 09:23 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010
OPERATION Vortex has seen police hit the road to tackle vehicle crime – stopping more than 500 cars, trucks and bikes in the first two weeks of the campaign. T
OPERATION Vortex has seen police hit the road to tackle vehicle crime - stopping more than 500 cars, trucks and bikes in the first two weeks of the campaign.
Traffic officers expressed disappointment and surprise at the number of drivers and riders flouting the law.
In just a fortnight officers issued 394 tickets in Devon - 72 for mobile phone use, 83 for failing to wear a seatbelt, and 213 for speeding.
A further three drug-related arrests were made on the back of the operation.
Officers will continue the campaign until the end of March.
A similar operation in November last year saw 1,000 motorists stopped, with tickets issued to more than 700 people.
Inspector Richard Pryce, of the traffic team, said: "These first two weeks' results are very disappointing. Motorists continue to put themselves and others at risk of injury or death.