Motorists stopped over 100mph this weekend

Police Scotland
Police Scotland

Road Policing officers in Aberdeenshire and Moray conducted a number of speeding checks across the region this weekend, which saw over 110 vehicles stopped and engaged with.

One man was stopped driving at 127mph on the A96 between Blackburn and Inverurie, while a further two men were caught driving at speeds over 100mph on the A90 dual carriageway near Laurencekirk. A total of 32 motorists were charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Officers stopped and engaged with 115 drivers in total, with 55 being warned or reported for a variety of offences, including using a mobile phone, lack of insurance or careless driving.

A further six men were also charged for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The checks took place as part of Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce), an ongoing operation to encourage drivers to take more responsibility on the region’s roads. This weekend, officers were stationed on a number of Aberdeenshire’s main routes, including the A90, A96, A944 and B9119.

Inspector Ewan Innes, from the Aberdeenshire and Moray Road Policing Unit, said: “We are now finding ourselves reporting on a weekly basis on the minority of drivers throughout the North East who continue to drive in a manner that shows utter disregard for the safety of others or themselves.

“It is disappointing to find that drivers of all ages are still willing to break the law with no thought to the possible long term consequences of their actions.

“As such, the message to these motorists is simple; if you continue to drive in this selfish manner, we will continue to increase our patrols on these and other known collision routes in order to detect and report you.”

Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson, Area Commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray, said: “Statistics such as these are extremely disappointing and show the absolute requirement for us to run initiatives such as Operation CEDAR.

“We urge all motorists to think about their actions while on the road, as driving at such speeds can have devastating consequences.

“The safety of all road users is a constant priority for Police Scotland, particularly for those of us who live and work in the North East.”