Police tackle antisocial driving

Police Scotland
Police Scotland

Police in Aberdeenshire have conducted an operation to tackle antisocial driving in the Inverurie area.

Officers from the Garioch Community Policing Team carried out speed checks and proactive patrols in and around Inverurie town centre.

They engaged with around 40 motorists, with six tickets being issued for various traffic offences and a further 12 Vehicle Rectification Tickets being handed out in relation to vehicle defects.

Officers positively engaged with 17 motorists and educated them about their driving behaviour.

A further two drivers were charged in relation to the possession of controlled drugs and a lack of road tax respectively.

The action took place under the Operation Bistcho banner and took place over the evenings of Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12.

It is the continuation of an operation originally launched in May 2015, funded by Aberdeenshire Council as part of the Community Safety Partnership.

PC Mark Chappell, who led this latest action, said: “ The safety of all road users is a leading priority for Aberdeenshire and Moray Division and this is reflected in the ongoing work under operations such as Bistcho and CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce).”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Garioch Area Committee, Councillor Fergus Hood said: “This initiative is being deployed to actively solve the problems caused by inconsiderate behaviour whether it is people driving under the influence of substances or poor car maintenance.

“Operation Bischto tackles this and builds on work carried out over the summer to work together with the community to make the roads in Inverurie safer.”