Police ‘frustration’ at 100mph drivers

A SENIOR Grampian Police officer has hit out after drivers were recorded travelling at speeds of over 100 miles per hour on the A90 near Ellon.

The incidents took place on the first day of a Scotland-wide operation focussing on rural roads. The Grampian operation saw three drivers reported for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour on Friday 22 April.

Two of the drivers involved were aged between 17 and 25, one of whom was was detected on a 60 mph section of road at a speed of 103 mph. One of the drivers was also carrying teenage passengers at the time.

Describing the drivers’ behaviour as ‘frustrating’, Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, Head of Road Policing for Grampian Police, expressed his disappointment at the lack of concern shown by the drivers, both for themselves as well as for other road users.

“Despite repeated messages, the local results of this national campaign are very frustrating to those of us who are trying to promote and encourage road safety and safe driving”, he said. “The key issue which appears to have be missed by those drivers we stopped for speeding yesterday is one of personal responsibility, not only for themselves, but to other road users and to any passengers they were carrying.”

Chief Inspector Wallace also had a strong message for the passengers of vehicles being driven dangerously. “Passengers also have a responsibility to challenge poor driving”, he said. “If you are in a car which is being driven at high speed or improperly, tell the driver to slow down and drive carefully, make the point to them, let them know how you feel and challenge any inappropriate driving.”

He continued: “Inexperienced and young drivers, country roads and speed can be a deadly combination and the improved weather and driving condition can lull drivers into a sense of false security. Hazards will always be there, some more obvious than others, however roads have speed limits for a reason and the primary reason is safety.”

The operation, co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), ran from Friday to Sunday over the Easter weekend.

With an estimated three out of four road deaths take place on country roads, with speed often being a significant factor, the ACPOS campaign sought to to reduce the number of casualties on the roads, while highlighting the dangers of speeding or driving at an inappropriate speed.

Eight other ‘higher speed’ offences were also detected on Friday in the Grampian area, ranging from 86 - 99 miles per hour, with two being committed by young drivers.