Police crackdown on country roads

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A POLICE campaign run across Scotland aimed at making country roads safer has detected large numbers of drivers flouting the law by speeding and driving inappropriately.

Among those detected were a Lamborghini tractor driver caught both over the drink drive limit and using a mobile phone and a man speeding through a residential area at more than twice the speed limit

The three day crackdown earlier this month was aimed at not only detecting unsafe drivers, but also getting the message across that driving at an inappropriate speed can cause crashes which in turn can cause death or serious injury.

The ‘Days of Action’ were co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and form part of the ongoing National Campaign Strategy by the Police Service focused on reducing the number of casualties on our roads.

The Scottish Government indicates that around 70 per cent of road fatalities happen on ‘non built up roads’ generally with a speed limit greater than 40mph.

A contributory factor for a significant proportion of these road deaths was either exceeding the speed limit, not driving appropriately for road conditions, or drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts.

Across Scotland – in the last initiative of its kind by the eight forces before Police Scotland takes over on April 1 – a total of 779 drivers were detected breaking the speed limit by a combination of police officer observations and both fixed and mobile safety cameras.

A total of 15 drivers were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for dangerous driving (Section 2 Road Traffic Act 1988) and 35 for careless driving (Section 3 Road Traffic Act 1988).

Deputy Chief Constable Tom Ewing is the ACPOS lead on Road Policing.

He said: “These figures are frankly unacceptable. We must work together with our partners and law abiding road users to reduce this behaviour on our roads.

“As the incidents recorded by officers across the country indicate there are drivers who show contempt for the law and for their fellow road users.

“We are blessed in Scotland with some wonderful country roads and it is sad that there are those who will spoil the enjoyment of others by speeding or driving dangerously.

“There are still far too many road users speeding and not driving safely and we will continue to police our roads robustly to ensure the public are protected.”