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Driver clocked at almost 130mph in Christmas crackdown

Driver clocked at almost 130mph in Christmas crackdown

Published by Emma Carton at 7:01am 22nd December 2018. (Updated at 7:43am 22nd December 2018)

Police in Cornwall and Devon have issued a warning about speeding as the Christmas getaway gets underway.

They have already caught hundreds of drivers doing over the limit during a one day crackdown this month.

560 were subject to positive action after Operation Logjam on Thursday 13th December.

Out of those, 132 were light commercial vehicles which have a lower speed limit than car drivers.

Formal penalties were handed down but officers say the operation was about more than about handing out tickets.

A driver clocked at 129mph on the M5 is among hundreds stopped during a police operation across Devon and Cornwall

"We were able to offer discretionary words of advice to several commercial drivers.

"Additionally, Highways England staff conducted surveys with drivers as part of their 'Driving for Better Business' approach and will follow these up with company and fleet managers to further educate, not only the drivers but also the employers.

"This helps to ensure that employers are aware of the speed restrictions their drivers have to work within and to ensure not only that realistic scheduling is compiled, so that they do not have to speed between jobs or deliveries, but also that they take into account the Health and Safety of their driving staff.

"This further protects all road users from the risk of harm or serious injury".

MPC Ralph Delbridge, No Excuse Team

What were the worst examples of speeding and dangerous driving?

  1. One car driver was recorded at 129mph on the M5;
  2. One was reported for inconsiderate driving, ironically having headlight flashed an unmarked 'No Excuse' vehicle to get out of his out of his way as he sped along the A38;
  3. A driver was caught using a mobile phone whilst driving;
  4. A delivery driver was found to have a tyre with only 1.2mm tread remaining with a further light commercial tyre worn with structural cord exposed.
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Following Operation Logjam, Devon and Cornwall Police will carry out more patrols in the days before Christmas

"I'm pleased to report that all the breath tests conducted on drivers stopped for offences were negative.

"Working with our partner agencies is a superb way of ensuring that the education does not cease at the roadside and is taken forward as a joint approach to making the roads safe for all to use.

"With Christmas approaching we would like to see all our road users enjoying it with their families and not become the subject of a serious or fatal collision on our road network".

MPC Delbridge

Excessive speed is one of the Fatal Five top causes and exacerbating factors of death and serious injury on the nation's roads.

The Peninsula Roads Safety Partnership will be out again before Christmas.

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