Operation CEDAR stops over 100 vehicles

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

More than 100 vehicles were stopped during a high-profile safety drive on a busy north-east route.

Road Policing Officers from across the region carried out a series of coordinated patrols and road checks on the A947 between Aberdeen and Banff on Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

They were supported by the North-East Safety Camera unit, which also deployed over the two days at various locations along the route.

The patrol was part of Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce), an ongoing road safety campaign designed to encourage drivers to take more responsibility on the roads.

In addition to stopping more than 100 vehicles, officers also attended two minor collisions.

Despite the poor weather conditions - with some parts of the road covered in snow with reduced visibility - Inspector Jon Barron of the Divisional Road Policing said it was disappointing that 11 drivers were still found to be exceeding the speed limit, along with numerous others committing a variety of other offences.

During the operation one male was arrested for driving while disqualified, two drivers were reported and their vehicles seized for driving without insurance, and three drivers were stopped and educated regarding minor instances of careless driving.

In addition, three drivers were reported for using a mobile phone while driving and a further three reported for not wearing seatbelts.

Officers also dealt with a number of other minor offences, including in excess of 30 vehicles which were found to have various defects, including those involving tyres, lighting, glass/bodywork and no current test certificate.

Inspector Barron said, “Road Safety is a priority for Police Scotland. Officers, supported by the Safety Camera Unit, will continue to carry out high profile activities like this right across the north-east in an effort to positively influence motorists and reduce the number of casualties.

“Our efforts were focused on the A947 on Monday and Tuesday in response to its casualty record and reports from concerned members of the public and community groups. Unfortunately, as some still appear willing to ignore previous advice, I must repeat my plea to everyone - please take care and be responsible while using the roads. Don’t put others, or yourselves, at risk.”