Police chiefs have voiced concern at the number of motorists caught driving dangerously or at excessive speed over the past month in Aberdeenshire.
They say they have been left “horrified” by examples of some drivers reaching speeds of up to 60mph in 30mph areas.
The alarming figures emerged as an Aberdeenshire mother, who lost her son in a road accident nearly two years ago. backed a Scottish Government campaign to reduce the number of fatalities and casualties on rural roads.
June Ross, from Alford, said it would be a “fitting legacy” for her son Ian Buchanan, 22, who died after the car he was a passenger in was in collision with another vehicle on the B993 Kemnay to Monymusk road in June, 2010.
Grampian Police revealed that during February more than 100 drivers have been caught speeding as well as driving dangerously, using mobile phones as well as for failing to wear a seatbelt.
Inverurie Road Policing Sergeant Rob Warnock said: “During February our crews have been targeting areas highlighted by our Local Policing Team colleagues as being of particular concern to residents.
“As well as conducting operations on the open road we have been active in the regions town’s and villages and frankly have been horrified by the inconsiderate driving of some. Particularly concerning have been the speeds detected in Ellon, Oldmeldrum, Newburgh and Westhill where we have seen people driving at 40, 50 and even 60 in 30mph limits.”
Sergeant Warnock went on to confirm that the bulk of the offenders were commuters.
He added: “Changing inappropriate driver behaviour is essential in making our roads safer and whilst I accept at times drivers can be inattentive and mistakes made, it is clear than on a high number of occasions drivers made the conscious decision to drive at excessive speeds in our built up areas and that is just unacceptable.
“It should always be remembered that as speeds increase, margins for error decrease and this very much endangers others.”
Sergeant Warnock confirmed there would be no let up and that his officers would continue to target commuter routes.
He said: “I would urge that all drivers consider their speed and driving style together with respecting other’s communities as they would their own.
“These actions would do much to enhancing road safety overall and nothing would please us more than to detect no offenders in the month ahead.”
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