Road traf­fic of­fences soar

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SOAR­ING road of­fence fig­ures for the North-east have sparked a call for tougher court ac­tion against of­fend­ers.

And road safety ex­perts and politi­cians said more needed to be done to back up the ef­forts of Grampian Po­lice.

The plea came af­ter new sta­tis­tics showed the num­ber of road of­fences com­mit­ted in the North-east soared from 30,510 in 2009-10 to 35,446 in 2010-11 – the high­est in­crease for any force area in Scot­land.

Of­fences in­cluded speed­ing, driv­ing while us­ing a mo­bile phone, fail­ing to wear a seat­belt, il­le­gal ma­noeu­vres, not hav­ing in­surance and be­ing i n charge of a de­fec­tive ve­hi­cle.

Chief In­spec­tor Ian Wal­lace, head of t he Grampian force’s road

DAVID CAR­SON was al­most twice the drink-drive limit when stopped in a North-east town.

The 58-year-old had 66mcg of al­co­hol in his breath when the legal limit is 35mcg while driv­ing in Mar­ket Street, El­lon on De­cem­ber 10 last year. Car­son, whose ad­dress was given in court pa­pers as 29 Dun­not­tar Road, El­lon, also ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner and shout­ing and swearing on the same day at home.

He was fined £560 and banned for 18 months at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court.

RAY­MOND SAN­DERS ad­mit­ted be­ing more than three times the limit on a busy North-east road.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty by letter at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court.

He was found on the A90 Aberdeen to Peter­head road near an un­clas­si­fied road to Aiken­shill.

San­ders was found driv­ing with 251 millil­itres of al­co­hol in his sys­tem, when the limit is 80ml, on May 2.

San­ders, whose ad­dress was given in court pa­pers as 45 Hatton Farm Gar­dens, Hatton, had his sen­tence de­ferred for a per­sonal ap­pear­ance. polic­ing unit, said the in­crease in of­fences was pri­mar­ily due to greater use of mo­bile speed cam­eras by the North East Safety Cam­era Part­ner­ship.

A spokes­woman for the Ju­di­cial Of­fice of Scot­land said: “Ev­ery case is judged on the in­di­vid­ual cir­cum­stances and any sen­tence passed will take into ac­count pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and pub­lic safety.”

FINED: Gareth Martin must pay £600 and was put off the road for three years. CAUGHT: Graeme Robert­son was twice the drink limit.

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