One officer in Exeter says they stopped at least 400 cars
Police officers in Devon are setting up checkpoints on roads, as they urge the public to stick to travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
One in Exeter said they stopped at least 400 cars this morning [26 March] and most were not for essential travel.
Myself & Colleagues around @Exeter are at checkpoints to see why people are out. Have stopped easily 400 cars this morning most are not essential travel.2-3 people going shopping or a quick loaf of bread is not #essential😡please think about your journey. #helpushelpyou #disrupt pic.twitter.com/wVyHrrbGJO— PC Amelia Hawkins (@DC_PCHawkins) March 26, 2020
Police were also on the main Alphington Road route into the city, to see if drivers had a valid reason for their journeys.
Under new rules announced on Monday, people can now only leave home for shopping, for one form of exercise a day, for a medical appointment or to help a vulnerable person. They can also go to work, but only if absolutely necessary.
D section in Exeter doing stop checks on main routes into Exeter to make sure the public are abiding by the Government’s instructions @DC_Police #exeter #police #COVID2019 #StayHomeSaveLives #essentialtravel pic.twitter.com/ca1gkXGUzG— Dan Brenchley (@PS_Brenchley) March 26, 2020
In Torquay, The Alliance Roads team says plenty are complying but many are still taking needless journeys, including someone driving to a garage to discuss a future MOT.
Just finished a stop site with @TorquayNHT on Torquay sea front. Plenty complying but also many still taking needless journeys. Driving to a garage to discuss a future MOT is not a necessary journey, we invented phones for this reason! Please, stay home! 3656/3788 @DevonLiveNews pic.twitter.com/l9sCJGW0nV— Alliance Roads Policing📱+🚗=❌ (@RoadPolAlliance) March 26, 2020