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Cornish road claims 13 lives within a few years

Cornish road claims 13 lives within a few years

Published by Emma Carton at 8:10am 16th January 2020. (Updated at 2:16pm 16th January 2020)

Pirate FM has been out on patrol with police, on the road dubbed one of Cornwall's most dangerous.

Figures show that 13 people have lost their lives on the A38 over the past few years.

Now officers, joined by our reporter Sarah Yeoman, have carried out a special crackdown.

They are trying to cut the number of fatal and serious-injury crashes between Liskeard and Plymouth.

Scroll down to read the results of the operation and hear Pirate FM's special report from the scene.

Pirate FM has been out on patrol with police on the Cornish road where 13 people have died in just a few years


What were the results of the operation?

The operation took place on Tuesday and involved both marked and unmarked police cars.

In a matter of hours on Tuesday, two drivers were stopped for speeding and using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Both already had points on their licence and could face court.

Others were caught without tax or insurance.

Traffic Officer Rob Jasper has dealt with six fatalities on the stretch and had to deliver the devastating news to families.

"The crackdown is designed to enhance the safety of the community living, working and visiting the A38 corridor in east Cornwall.

"We're concentrating on one of Highways' worst-performing routes from Bodmin to Saltash, which has seen numerous serious injuries and fatalities over the years.

"Our vehicles are fitted with ANPR, Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology, that identifies to me vehicles that may have issues that I need to deal with.

"Also, being in the unmarked traffic car today, we've been able to target anti-social driving, dangerous driving and tail-gating etc".

Traffic Officer Rob Jasper

police speeding van
In a matter of hours, two drivers were stopped for speeding and using their mobile phones on the A38 between Liskeard and Plymouth


What is happening to tackle the problem?

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, wants to cut road deaths by 50% over the next 10 years.

"There are a lot of families affected and we know that they're mainly local people who are dying on our roads.

"We know that we've got an effort to educate our local people so I think it's really important that we do these big awareness-raising days.

"The individuals themselves - some of them are literally disabled for the rest of their life.

"We're not just talking about deaths, serious injury is pretty poor as well so their quality of life is really affected.

"The families and the tragedies of all different ages of people who are dying is nothing that you ever want to wake up to.

"Particularly for the officers and the agencies who are actually going to help somebody who has had a road traffic collision - it's actually very traumatic to come to a road traffic collision where people are very seriously injured or who might die in your hands".

DC Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez

For now, cameras, barriers and new signage are being rolled out after a string of campaigns calling for more funding from the government.

You can hear Pirate FM's Sarah Yeoman's full report here...

Pirate FM's special report from the crackdown on dangerous driving on Cornwall's A38

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