Drivers detected during police purge

IN THE latest national unlicensed/uninsured drivers campaign, Tayside Police officers detected 23 motorists driving without insurance or a licence, with those drivers whose vehicles were seized facing the possibility of their cars being crushed.

During the campaign, that launched on Tuesday (August 14) and concluded today (Friday), two drivers were also reported for drink driving, one for dangerous driving and one for careless driving. Other motorists still await the outcome of enquiries into their driving and potentially face disqualification by the court.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, Head of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This campaign has highlighted that some drivers still consider it is acceptable to use their vehicles on a road without insurance or a driving licence. The potential implications for other road users can be devastating should they be unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision with an uninsured driver. An insurance policy is there to assist members of the public when collisions happen.

“Many drivers think that they can take the risk and will not crash, experience shows otherwise and unfortunately they can happen at any time. It is bad enough if there is only damage to vehicles, they can be repaired or replaced. However if, as a result people suffer life changing injuries, the compensation from an insurance policy will be invaluable in providing some solace for their suffering. Driving without a licence would also invalidate any insurance policy.

“Although not the focus of this campaign, speeding is still an issue on our roads, for example, a man driving a car on the A90 north of Dundee was detected speeding at 101 mph. This kind of behaviour on the roads of Tayside will not be tolerated and whilst this campaign may now be over we are determined to maintain efforts to rid the roads of this small minority of thoughtless individuals on an ongoing basis.

“Over the course of this three day campaign we have used the powers within Section 165A of The Road Traffic Act 1988 to remove vehicles from the roads. These owners have been deprived of the use of their vehicles and will have to pay a significant amount of money to have them returned, or they will be disposed of.

“All of the drivers detected have been charged with road traffic offences and will now have to deal with the financial penalties imposed upon them and the points endorsed on their licences.”

He continued: “People who drive without a licence or insurance pose a real danger to us all. They are in your community and I would urge you to report them. You can contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or information can be passed to us anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”