Drivers continue to act “irresponsibly”

THE RESULTS of Tayside Police’s latest crackdown on driving offences were described as “disappointing” by the force’s head of road policing.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman said the 32 drivers caught in the national day of action last week could easily have caused tragedy for themselves and others.

The day-long campaign focused on speeding and inappropriate driving and 32 motorists were caught breaking speed limits across the region.

Officers also seized two vehicles under anti-social behaviour legislation after they were repeatedly driven inappropriately. In total, 21 drivers were stopped for seat belt offences while five other for using their mobile ‘phone behind the wheel.

Three drivers were also charged for careless or dangerous driving in the 24 hours between 7am on Wednesday, February 22 and 7am the following day.

As well as enforcing the law, the aim of the ACPOS (Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland) campaign was to educate road users about the dangers of inappropriate driving and speeding.

Chief Inspector Bowman said: “The drivers who were detected for speeding and driving irresponsibly were compromising road safety and their actions could so easily have resulted in tragic consequences. It is important that all road users comply with the road traffic legislation that is in place to improve road safety for all.

“It is still disappointing that some drivers continue to be prepared to break the law and put their own and other lives in danger. The actions of these drivers can have a negative impact on their local community and will not be tolerated.

“Although this particular campaign has passed, Tayside Police will continue to be proactive in respect of road safety providing education and enforcement where appropriate.”

Anyone who witnesses inappropriate driving or any other type of road traffic offence can contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.