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Extra Unmarked Police Cars on Cornwall's Roads

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7:02am 17th January 2013

Pirate FM has learnt extra unmarked police cars are being put onto Cornwall's roads after a rise in serious accidents.

They are up six percent in a year from 521 to 554.

Operation Vortex will cover main routes in Devon and Cornwall using cars equipped with recording equipment to capture dangerous or arrogant driving.
 

Officers have told Pirate FM there are four main causes of serious injuries and deaths on the region’s roads, known as the "fatal four."

They include speeding, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile.

More than 60% of fatal and serious collisions were caused by these four factors.

Research in 2010 highlighted motorists are using mobiles for checking Twitter and Facebook.
 
One in five motorists in the southwest admit doing it.
 
Inspector Richard Pryce, Force Lead for Roads Policing, said: “In the vast majority of collisions these four are the primary causes.
 
"The advice is simple – drive within the speed limit and according to the conditions, always ensure you are fit to drive, wear your seat belt and do not be distracted when driving.”
 
“The most common distraction for drivers is their mobile. Making a call or sending a quick text can be lethal when driving, let alone using social media. Don’t be tempted to use your phone at the wheel for any purpose – switch your phone off before you drive.
 
“Officers will deal robustly with those they detect offending. Drivers themselves have a part to play to improve road safety across Devon and Cornwall by being responsible.”
7:02am 17th January 2013

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