Motorists spoken to as part of operation to target anti-social driving in Inverurie

Around 40 motorists were spoken to and educated as part of a police operation to tackle antisocial driving in Inverurie as part of Operation CEDAR.
Around 40 motorists were spoken to and educated as part of a police operation to tackle antisocial driving in Inverurie as part of Operation CEDAR.

Around 40 motorists were spoken to and educated as part of a police operation to tackle antisocial driving in Inverurie this week as part of Operation CEDAR.

The operation was run during the evening of Monday, July 25 to promote safer driving, enforce road traffic legislation and educate drivers regarding antisocial driving behaviour within Inverurie town centre.

PC Mark Chappell who ran the local CEDAR initiative explains: "During Monday evening a team of officers from the Garioch Community Policing Team carried out high visibility patrols within Inverurie as well as speed checks at various locations in the area.

"We spoke to around 40 motorists for a variety of reasons.

"Five fixed penalty notices were issued for speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, using a mobile phone whilst driving and for not maintaining vehicle lights.

"One motorist will be reported for speeding within a 30 mph zone.

"In addition officers spoke to and educated 28 motorists regarding the condition of their vehicles and/or their driving behaviour.

"Vehicles were also examined and as a result five Vehicle Rectification Tickets were issued in relation to various vehicle defects.

"As a direct result of these patrols there has been a reduction in the number of calls made regarding such behaviour, it has provided local members of the community respite from such issues and has also led to the detection of these road traffic offences.

This activity was run as part of an ongoing local initiative launched in May 2015 and funded by the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership.

PC Mark Chappell, added: "We continue to encourage all road users to think about their actions and take care of their vehicles, as antisocial driving can have devastating consequences. The safety of all road users is a leading priority for Police Scotland in the North East and this is reflected in the ongoing work under operations such as CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce)."

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council's Garioch Area Committee, Cllr Fergus Hood, said: "Antisocial driving is something which is a blight on our communities and puts lives at risk.

"As such, it is great to see action continuing to tackle this in the Garioch area using both education and enforcement where necessary.

"Hopefully action like this will make a real difference to the lives of local people who suffer the effects of irresponsible motorists' behaviour."