More than 200 drivers were stopped for some time on Dartmoor on Saturday by full-time or “special” police in an exercise the constabulary called Operation Granite.
At least one person headed for Horrabridge Summer Fair was caught and cautioned, near Princetown, for driving at 46 mph; 65 more were given warnings for various offences; and 50 were reported for possible prosecution for speeding, using a phone, not having insurance, or being under the influence of drink or drugs.
The police dipped 75 fuel tanks, looking for red diesel – tax-free fuel for farm use – being illegally used on the roads. They did not find any.
They also put some drivers through a simulator course in safer driving and gave out lots of leaflets .
The crackdown was prompted partly by a current farmers’ campaign to cut livestock casualties on the unfenced roads.
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