Campaign to target speeding drivers

Speeding drivers should beware next week as Northern Constabulary are joining the nationwide initiative to crack down on speed and seatbelt offences - ACPOS Country Roads Campaign

From Tuesday May 8th to Thursday May 10th local police will be joining Scotland’s other forces to make country roads safer by targeting motorists who drive dangerously, carelessly or over the speed limit.

Officers will also be focusing on the use of seat belts to highlight the dangers for drivers and passengers who are not using them.

The ACPOS (Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland) ‘Days of Action’ form part of an ongoing National Campaign Strategy by ACPOS focused on reducing the number of casualties on our roads.

In 2010, 133 out of the 189 fatal road accidents in Scotland (over 70%) happened 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 one of the following: exceeding the speed limit; not driving appropriately for road conditions drivers and passengers; and not wearing seat belts.

The Force’s Road Safety Officer, Laura Fisher, said: “Any loss of life or seriously injury on our roads is unacceptable and we need to remain focused on improving road safety in the Highlands and Islands.

“Previous days of action have shown that there are still too many road users willing to ignore speed limits and these people put others at risk.”

She added: “Speeding offences can result in a £60 fine and three penalty points or, in serious cases, a report being submitted to the Procurator Fiscal bringing a court appearance and higher penalty.

“During this campaign Northern Constabulary will make use of marked and unmarked police vehicles to carry out static speed checks at specific areas of interest. Our officers will target road users who continue to break the law and thus endanger the safety of others.”

The Highlands and Islands have some of the most scenic routes in Scotland and we expect our country roads to be particularly busy as the spring weather arrives.

Laura added: “Drivers and motorcyclists are asked to enjoy the scenery but exercise due care and attention when doing so. The aim of the campaign is to prevent accidents on our roads and to promote safety. Those who break the speed limits can expect to be dealt with robustly.”

Northern Safety Camera Partnership will also be out on the roads to deter any motorcyclists or drivers who are putting people’s lives at risk due to excessive speed.

For up to date information on road conditions and all aspects of motorcycling in Scotland, please visit the dedicated website www.aroundthecorner.org.uk