Road safety initiative carried out in Deeside

Officers have carried out a road safety initiative in the Deeside and Donside areas following a number of concerns expressed by the communities.
Officers have carried out a road safety initiative in the Deeside and Donside areas following a number of concerns expressed by the communities.
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Officers have carried out a road safety initiative in the Deeside and Donside areas following a number of concerns expressed by the communities.

On Monday, October 3, officers assisted by special constables dealt with 26 motorists for driving in excess of the speed limit or for driving vehicles with defective parts.

The initiative carried out under Operation CEDaR (Challenge Educate Detect and Reduce) targeted Kincardine O Neil, Torphins, Aboyne, Dinnet and Alford, and focused on educating drivers.

Special Constable Mike Scott said: "Although none of the drivers stopped were ultimately charged they were educated and reminded about their driver behaviour. Although not significantly in excess of the speed limit, they were none-the less speeding and taking into consideration the low sun and the colder climate, they could have created an unnecessary danger to other road users and pedestrians."

Special Constable Stuart Spreadborough added: "During our speed checks, we paid attention to the vicinity of schools, particularly during the times pupils would be moving to or from the premises. In the whole, I was reassured with the manner in which vehicles were being driven however there were one or two drivers who failed to observe the increased hazards.

"It is important that drivers consider the speed limit as the maximum speed but not necessarily the safest speed for the conditions and circumstances prevalent at the time."

Inspector Martin Burgess said: "Road safety continues to be a priority for Police Scotland. This initiative was undertaken in response to concerns raised by the public in relation to perceived speeding issues within our communities.

"The outcome of the initiative has provided some reassurance that the vast majority of drivers using the roads in Marr do so in a safe and considerate manner. Unfortunately however, there is still a minority of drivers who fail to recognise the dangers brought about through driving vehicles at an inappropriate speed; driving while not under complete control of the vehicle such as using a mobile telephone; or driving a vehicle that is defective in some way.

"These drivers not only compromise the safety of themselves, but also the safety of anyone else in the vicinity at the time. I can reassure the public that the roads within the Marr area will continue to be policed robustly and anyone caught using the roads in an inappropriate fashion will be dealt with accordingly."

Councillor Linda Clark from the Banchory and Mid Deeside Ward commended and thanked the Special Constables and the local Policing Team for their initiative.

She said: "We have to look after the vulnerable, and anyone driving a vehicle at excessive speed or anyone unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity at the time is vulnerable. By taking action against such drivers, whether through advice or enforcement, undoubtedly creates a safer environment for everyone."