Crackdown on drivers who flout the law

Fears grow for missing Eva.Picture: Comp
Fears grow for missing Eva.Picture: Comp

Police stopped 344 people for using their mobile phone when driving or for not wearing a seatbelt during a 24 hour national crackdown.

The initiative, which is part of Police Scotland’s year-round commitment to reducing the number of casualties on Scotland’s roads, saw 168 people detected for seatbelt offences and 176 for driving whilst using a mobile.

Chief Inspector Stewart Carle, Police Scotland Road Policing Unit, said: “Last year, during a similar crackdown, 378 people were stopped by officers for not wearing a seatbelt – this year is was down to 168.

“Obviously we are happy to see a reduction in the number of offenders. Police Scotland has been relentless in its pursuit of those who put their lives and others at risk by breaking the law in this way.

“However, what was disappointing was that on Wednesday the weather throughout the country made driving conditions difficult and yet, despite this hundreds of motorists still took the risk by not being properly secured or in control of their vehicle.

‘We continue to encourage everyone to think ‘safety first’ as we work together to keep Scotland’s roads safe and remind those prepared to ‘take the chance’ - Don’t Risk It.’