English Police Conduct Random Traffic Checks Amid New Coronavirus Restrictions

British police were seen stopping drivers in Devon on March 26 as new powers to enforce the nationwide lockdown came into effect.

According to reporting from Sky News, fines of up to £60 could be given to people who break the restrictions.

The lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 23, but police were given broader enforcement powers on Thursday.

Johnson stated that individuals could only leave their homes for “very limited purposes”: shopping for groceries, getting medical care, traveling to and from work if it cannot be done at home, and one form of exercise per day – either alone or with one other household member.

Johnson also announced the closure of all shops selling “non-essential goods” and banned public gatherings of more than two people, including weddings and baptisms.

He added, “If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

Assistant Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall Police Glen Mayhew confirmed on March 23: “With immediate effect we are deploying officers to undertake targeted patrols, actively encouraging people to adhere to the measures which have been put in place.”

This footage was shot March 26 in Tiverton, a town and civil parish in the English county of Devon. Credit: @FourAndTwentyPi via Storyful