Lorry and coach drivers breaking law targeted by police

An operation to crack down on lorry and coach drivers who are flouting the law has been launched across Devon and Cornwall.

The force said a large amount of international drivers think they can break the law.

Officers are stopping people on suspicion of speeding, using mobile phones while driving and those with insecure or overweight loads.

Operation Fatigue will run for two weeks until 18 May.

Sgt Rob Kelland said: "We get a huge amount of international drivers in particular who think they can flout legislation which is unacceptable."

"We want to ensure our roads are kept safe and this operation is sending a message out to LGV drivers, particularly those coming from overseas, that we take these offences seriously and will deal with them accordingly," he added.

Research from the Department for Transport showed large goods vehicles accounted for 3% of traffic but were involved in 9% of fatal collisions in Devon during 2008/2009 - the most recent figures available.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a similar month long operation in November resulted in £18,000 of fines being issued.

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