Police target inappropriate drivers

Photograph by Ian Georgeson, 'Police on patrol as part of the operation CAV (Campaign against Violence) officers from Police Scotland on the beat walking down Nicholson street/St Clerk street, Bridges, Pic: Super Int Matt Richards (Left) and Sgt Stevie Sutherland,
Photograph by Ian Georgeson, 'Police on patrol as part of the operation CAV (Campaign against Violence) officers from Police Scotland on the beat walking down Nicholson street/St Clerk street, Bridges, Pic: Super Int Matt Richards (Left) and Sgt Stevie Sutherland,

As part of Police Scotland’s commitment to making Scotland’s roads safer, the first in a series of initiatives aimed at speeding and inappropriate drivers launched this week.

The week-long nationwide initiative is being led by the newly appointed Trunk Road Patrol Group (TRPG) and will be supported by the fourteen Divisional Road Policing Units (DRPU) together with staff from Local Policing Areas, including the Borders.

The initiative will focus on reducing casualties on Scotland’s roads by positively influencing driver behaviour. It will also aim to reduce road crime and positively impact on the use of the road by criminals to keep road users safe.

Offences such as drink/drug driving, careless or dangerous driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, using a mobile phone or hand held device whilst driving and driving without insurance or a driving licence will be targeted during the initiative.

Depending upon the circumstances, a range of penalties can be enforced for speeding or inappropriate driving - ranging from potential imprisonment for offences such as dangerous driving to the issue of a Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty. Motorists who commit speeding and other appropriate offences for example, may be issued with a COFPN for £60 and an endorsement of three points on their driving licence.

Superintendent Iain Murray, Head of Road Policing, commented: “Selfish and inconsiderate driving by a minority is unacceptable and officers are committed to working with communities and motorists to increase the safety of all road users. When offences are identified Officers will take the appropriate action to educate those involved and where necessary, enforce legislation.”