Police target driver behaviour in Donside

Police Scotland
Police Scotland
  • 37 drivers cautioned and charged for road traffic offences
  • 263 drivers stopped and educated about their driving
  • Targeted Alford and Huntly areas

Police S cotland, assisted by Roads Policing Units, is cracking down on anti-social driving with a road safety campaign in North Marr.

Officers have been taking action against anti-social and irresponsible driving on rural routes, under the Operation Collinsville initiative.

This has been a really positive initiative to improve road safety.

Inspector Martin Burgess

The campaign targeted areas of Huntly and Alford between January and the end of March following concerns raised by the local community.

Road traffic patrols and road traffic checks were conducted in various locations in the Huntly and Alford areas as well as on the A96, A944 and A97.

In total, 37 drivers were cautioned and charged in relation to a number of road traffic offences including speeding, failing to obey traffic signals, using a mobile phone and not having a valid MOT. Additionally, 263 drivers were stopped and educated about their driving, including for issues such as anti-social driving and lighting offences.

The initiative forms part of Aberdeenshire and Moray Division’s wider road safety campaign, Operation CEDAR, which aims to improve road safety across the division’s roads.

Constable Sarah Grant of the Marr Community Policing Team said: “Operation Collinsville has been a real success in the North Marr area and has helped promote better driving standards on some of our rural roads which will further reduce road collisions and casualties. We rely on support and information from members of the community and this operation is in direct response to feedback we have received. I would encourage the public to continue to support us by reporting anti-social driving in our towns, villages and we will continue to conduct these road safety initiatives to ensure our roads and communities are safe.

“I have been delighted by the positive response from the public to this operation within North Marr. Local officers were instructed to educate where possible and only take more formal action if deemed necessary. By dealing with minor road traffic offences through education it is hoped that those spoken to will consider their driving standards and understand that we are trying to keep people safe.”

Marr Community Policing Team Inspector Martin Burgess concluded: “This has been a really positive initiative to improve road safety on the roads in the North Marr area and as a result, we will be running similar campaigns across the Marr area over the coming months. Although this phase of Operation Collinsville has come to an end, local officers will continue to patrol the roads and take appropriate action and so I would encourage people to come forward with any concerns they may have.”

Anyone who witnesses examples of dangerous, careless or anti-social driving is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101or via the website www.scotland.police.uk or if they wish to remain anonymous via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.