Motorists

Road use drops 30% since start of lockdown

Authored by News Desk

Car use is around 30% lower on weekdays during lockdown 2.0, according to new data released by the Department for Transport.

Weekend road use is also down sharply, a 40% drop since the tighter restrictions came into effect.

By contrast, average car use plummeted 65% during the first lockdown, while April’s Easter weekend registered the lowest level of non-weekday car traffic,...

Drivers can help shape Devon's low carbon future in electric vehicle questionnaire

Authored by Mary

Drivers are being asked to help deliver a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging points across Devon by revealing their driving habits and attitudes towards EV in an online questionnaire.

Devon County Council (DCC) is working with district councils and the private sector on two projects which aims to deliver more than a 100 EV charging points across Devon.

Now DCC has...

Devon braced for Storm Dennis

Authored by News Desk

Devon is bracing itself for another weekend of stormy conditions with the arrival of Storm Dennis this weekend (Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February).

A Yellow Warning for strong winds and rain across the whole of Devon has been issued by the Met Office for most of Saturday and Sunday, with an Amber Warning for heavy rain in the south of the county.

Devon County Council is...

Police encourage mutual respect between motorists and cyclists

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On Tuesday 11th July 2017, the Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Alliance roads policing teams simultaneously launched Operation Close Pass.

Operation Close Pass is an initiative intended to improve the safety of cyclists on the road by educating drivers on how to overtake them safely. It aims to raise awareness amongst motorists and cyclists alike on how to behave...

Don't risk driving through floodwater

Authored by Mary

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking residents to heed warnings not to enter floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk.

Fire crews were called to several incidents where vehicles were stuck in floodwater to carry out rescues over the festive period. On 3 January, a cyclist was rescued in Newton Abbot after getting into difficulty near a swollen river...

Motorists urged to take extra care this weekend

Authored by Mary

As the Bank Holiday weekend approaches South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is expecting a busy weekend across the region and is urging drivers to take extra care on the roads.

An influx of visitors is expected to descend on the South West’s tourist spots this weekend, especially as it is the last weekend for families to enjoy a break before schools begin the...

Drivers urged to take extra care this summer

Authored by Mary

In summertime throughout Devon and Somerset the roads become busier than ever as holiday makers arrive. Watching your speed is important throughput the year but Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking all road users to take extra care during the summer months.

According to the latest Statistics from Road Casualties Great Britain, in 2013 speed was involved in...

Driving licences to display Union Flag

Authored by Mary

British motorists will be able to fly the flag with pride in the new year thanks to government plans to display the Union Flag on driving licences, transport minister Claire Perry announced today (30 December 2014).

Anyone applying for a new licence or changing their personal details will be issued with a licence showing both the British and European Union flags.

The changes...

Police target motorists who flout traffic laws

Authored by Mary

Operation Vortex, the successful road safety campaign run by Devon and Cornwall Police, is to be staged again throughout the M5 on Monday 22 December.

Police will be using a number of unmarked vehicles to help target motorists who disregard road traffic laws and cause danger to others.

The operation will be focussing on tackling the ‘Fatal Four’ behaviours - namely excessive or...

Take heed, not speed - motorists ignoring warnings on county's roads

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The County Council continues to work closely with the Environment Agency, District Councils and the Police to help manage the severe weather and tidal events today.

Motorists are being reminded to take extra care and to avoid travelling through deep water. Also to drive more slowly in the wet conditions and be considerate to other roads users and adjacent property owners.

The...

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