High visibility patrols carried out as part of Operation CEDAR

Police are urging motorists to curb their speed.
Police are urging motorists to curb their speed.

High visibility patrols have again been carried out over the weekend as part of Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce) to help prevent road collisions in the Aberdeenshire and Moray area.

As a result of patrols on the A92, A90, A98 and A947 a total of 293 vehicles were stopped with 12 drivers reported for speeding offences and another 15 reported for a variety of road traffic offences.

Four male drivers over the weekend were reported for drink driving.

In addition on Frida, July 31, officers from Mintlaw Road Policing worked in partnership with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) which saw 33 Heavy Goods Vehicles stopped and routine checks carried out.

Apart from some very minor offences, no other issues were identified.

Road Policing Inspector Ewan Innes said: “Our focus on reducing the number of people injured from road traffic collisions throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray continues and Operation CEDAR will continue to target those drivers who selfishly believe that they can drive in an irresponsible manner.

“Operation CEDAR is not solely a weekend operation and our patrols are out on identified injury collision routes throughout the week also.

“This weekend has seen a reduction in the number of offences detected compared to previous weekends and I am pleased in particular that no high speeds have been recorded.

“As such I would like to thank all of those responsible motorists who are without doubt in the majority.”

He added: “That said, there were a total of 28 collisions over the weekend with two resulting in serious injuries.

“Last year we saw fewer collisions occurring in July in comparable terms to other months and this has been the same this year.

“Unfortunately, last year once we moved into August, the collisions started to increase and in 2014 we had four fatal and 20 serious injury collisions.

“This is a trend we do not want to see repeated this year and as such Officers, both Divisional and Road Policing, throughout the region will continue to focus on operation CEDAR.”