After receiving several complaints by members of the local community about the standard of driving and the impact it was having on the local community, officers from Police Scotland carried out a dedicated operation focussing on anti-social driving.
During this operation a number of drivers were stopped by Police due to the roadworthiness of their vehicles, the standard of their driving and various document offences.
As a result of this action, five drivers were issued with warnings in respect of antisocial driving, two drivers have been charged with dangerous driving, six drivers charged with construction and use type offences and one driver charged for using a mobile telephone whilst driving.
Three drivers were also reported for driving with no insurance, two drivers for no MOT and several drivers warned regarding excessive speed with one person being charged.
In addition to this, two vehicles were also seized under Antisocial Behaviour legislation due to previous warnings having been issued.
PC Mark MacLean from Turriff Police Station said:
There has been an increase in the number of complaints received from the local community in relation to young drivers within Turriff, specifically in relation to the noise their vehicles produce, the speed in which they are driven, as well as the careless and sometimes dangerous manner in which they are driven.”
By dealing with these issues robustly, we hope to reinforce to offending drivers that driving is not an absolute right, it is a privilege and if it is not treated as such then they may suffer the consequences of their poor decisions. Where offences are observed, drivers will be dealt with and vehicles will be seized where Police powers exist.
Officers will continue to conduct patrols in the area and with the support of the local community and our partners, it is hoped that we can improve the driving standards and . As always if you have any concerns over ongoing incidents then please report it to us by calling ‘101′.
This initiative supports Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce) which aims to reduce the number of road collisions in Aberdeenshire and Moray by targeting driver behaviour and highlighting known risks that can contribute to serious and fatal collisions.