Motorists urged to drive safe

Auchterellon School
Auchterellon School

With children back at school this week, officers in Aberdeenshire are reminding motorists to take extra care on the roads.

Pupils started back at school on Tuesday and a number of them will be walking or cycling to and from school, prompting police to remind drivers to watch their speed and be aware of their surroundings.

Sergeant Andy Sawers said: “Do not obstruct driveways and do not park on yellow zig zag lines outside schools or on double yellow lines.

“These traffic restrictions are in place to protect pedestrians and are offences which carry penalties.

“Parking on a controlled area that forms part of a zebra, pelican or puffin crossing carries a fine of £100 with three penalty points.

“We are aware of ongoing concerns in the Formartine area concerning road safety and so as part of continued activity under Operation Cedar, directed patrols will be carried out on the Ellon bypass and surrounding roads during periods of high traffic and in particular during school drop off and collections.

“We will be monitoring traffic and speaking with drivers along the Ellon bypass and surrounding roads to ensure road safety, in particular those vehicles that have children on board.

“I will personally be meeting with local Councillors over the next week to discuss these issues and will be looking to highlight the concerns with local schools in Ellon.

“The safety of all pedestrians and road users is paramount especially around school areas.”

Call 101 to report any anti-social driving.