Police ‘disappointment’ over standard of driving

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A SENIOR Grampian Police officer has once more expressed his disappointment at a minority of poor drivers, following participation in the ACPOS Day of Action on speeding and seat belt use.

Road Policing and Local Policing Teams were active throughout the area on Wednesday, May 11, with 36 drivers reported for speeding, two for dangerous driving and 20 for seatbelt-related offences.

In a separate incident the following day, a 49 year old male was recorded driving his car at 101 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour limit on the A90 near Ellon. The incident comes barely a month after an earlier operation saw drivers on the same stretch of road being reported for driving in excess of 100 mph.

Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, Head of Road Policing at Grampian Police, said: “The logo of ‘Road Safety Grampian’, our joint road safety approach with Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, refers to ‘changing attitudes’. Yesterday’s incidents unfortunately demonstrate to me that some attitudes have yet to change.

“There’s only one person in control of the speed of a vehicle and that’s the driver or rider”, he continued. “If they choose to use the roads at such a high speed, at some point they’re going to either be stopped by the Police or be involved in something far worse - where lives are put at risk.

“Road Policing patrols are out across the north east, day and night, playing their part in trying to reduce the numbers of local road casualties. In terms of speed, there should be no surprise in the fact that we enforce speed limits, we’ve been doing it for years and will continue to do so.”

Mid-Formartine councillor and Vice-Convener of Grampian Police Joint Board Allan Hendry also expressed his disappointment at the offences, and praised the work of the officers involved.

The former police officer said: “Some of the offences uncovered as a result are truly horrifying, such as individuals on motorcycles travelling well in excess of 100 miles per hour. I am also surprised and disappointed at the number of seat-belt offences uncovered. It should be common sense by now, some 30 years after legislation on seat belts was introduced, that a seat belt is there to provide protection in the event of an accident.”