Police to stop vehicles this weekend in Devon and Cornwall crackdown on coronavirus spread

Devon and Cornwall Police has announced officers will be stopping vehicles this weekend to ask drivers if their trips are necessary.

The force said the public can expect ‘a highly visible police presence’ on foot and in vehicles.

Police will be out in areas where people could put themselves at risk by ignoring government advice to social distance and limit travel.

In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, police will stop drivers of vehicles not considered to be on ‘reasonable’ journeys.

The force said officers would use enforcement as ‘a last resort’, adding no penalties had been handed out so far.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said the move was ‘to keep everyone safe this weekend and the next’.

“Devon and Cornwall Police will continue to engage with the public about whether their travel is necessary and reasonable and encourage them to choose differently for the welfare of themselves and others,” the spokesperson said.

“The public will see a highly visible police presence both in vehicles and foot patrols, proactively policing areas where people may put themselves at risk by not following government advice about travel and social distancing.

“These areas include main arterial routes into the force area including service and rest areas, minor roads leading to concentrated second home areas, commercial premises and industrial sites, beauty spots and popular beaches and also in urban areas where young people may be tempted to gather and where anti-social behaviour could be an issue.

“Officers will check vehicles, but not liveried vehicles such as those working for highways departments, utility distribution networks or food and medical distribution.

“This is in order to ascertain whether the journey being undertaken is reasonable in supporting the purpose of government advice.”

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