Cars seized in clampdown

A TOTAL of 32 drivers were detected for speeding in Tayside during a national day of action that focused on speeding and inappropriate driving.

In addition, Tayside Police seized two vehicles after they were repeatedly driven inappropriately under the Anti-social Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004. Three drivers were also charged for careless or dangerous driving, in the 24 hours between 7 a.m. last Wednesday and 7 a.m. on Thursday.

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

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of the Tayside road policing unit, 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.”

During the campaign, Tayside Police continued to deal with offences in relation to the wearing of seat belts and the illegal use of mobile ‘phones. In total, 21 drivers were detected for seat belt offences along with five other drivers for using their mobile ‘phone while driving.

Chief Inspector Bowman went on: “It is disappointing that some drivers continue to be prepared to break the law and put their own and other lives in danger. Tayside Police will continue to make full use of legislation, including the ability to seize vehicles under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act (Scotland) Act 2004, when offenders repeatedly drive their vehicles in an inappropriate manner.

“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.”

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