Sergeant Davie Threadgold reports on the first two weeks of Operation Tractable in Turriff.
The general feeling across the community is that the operation is working and antisocial driving is being dealt with. Officers at Turriff Police Station are keen to dispel myths that Operation Tractable is aimed solely at young drivers. Advice and ultimately tickets have been issued to drivers of all ages with a driver in their 60’s being given a ticket for parking on zebra crossings in the town.
Turriff Police Sergeant, David Threadgold explains
Since launching Operation Tractable two weeks ago officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols in Turriff and engaged positively with motorists to highlight the issues that concern residents.
Antisocial driving in Turriff has been a major issue for the local community in Turriff for some time and we have responded to their concerns to improve the situation.
Since introducing the operation we have seen a noticeable difference in driver behaviour in the town and I would thank those who are contributing to this.
As well as targeting antisocial driving we have stopped a number of drivers and dealt with a wide range of road traffic offences including failure to wear a seatbelt, using a mobile phone whilst driving, vehicle defects and inconsiderate parking.I would also like to add that the issue of antisocial driving is not limited to young drivers and our operation is not targeting any particular motoring group. We are purely reacting to concerns from local residents who have lived with the problem for some time and who would like action taken.
Those who are caught driving antisocially, regardless of who they are, will be charged and may ultimately have their vehicle seized.
At our disposal as part of the operation, we have the use of body worn video camera footage, a mobile CCTV van which can be situated in ‘hotspot areas’ plus we can call upon assistance from our colleagues in road policing.
Although there has been an improvement in the situation we will not be complacent and patrols will continue. I would also remind the community to report their concerns. If you see a vehicle driving antisocially, take note of the vehicle details including registration number and ideally have someone with you who can corroborate the driver’s actions. Report it to us and we will deal with the matter.
Antisocial driving will not be tolerated and we will take firm action against those who continues to drive in a dangerous and inconsiderate manner.
Antisocial driving involves
- inconsiderate driving, including accelerating harshly
- revving engines
- driving a ‘circuit’
- making vehicle modifications that result in excessive noise
Another issue is when drivers park inconsiderately, often outwith the designated spaces. The effect of a line of vehicles blocking off parts of a community car park can be intimidating to the public.